MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man who shot fire on a truck loaded with gas bottles in central Melbourne and bumped a person killed was inspired by the Islamic state but had no direct links with the group, police said on Saturday.
Police identified the man in charge of Friday’s attack as Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, and said he was radicalized and inspired by the militant group’s propaganda. He was taken care of by police and died in hospital.
Police said that Shire Ali’s Australian passports were terminated in 2015 following a intelligence service that he planned to travel to Syria, but he considered that he had a radical view that he did not pose any threat to national security.
The Islamic state asserted responsibility for the attack, which came two days before Memorial Day, which marked 1
00 years since the end of World War II, without giving any evidence.
“I think it is fair to say that he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was radicalized,” the Australian deputy commissioner, Ian McCartney, told reporters in Melbourne.
“We do not say it was direct contact. We say it was more from an inspirational perspective.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the counseling of national terrorism remained “probable”, the centerpiece of a five-step system and told reporters in Sydney that radical Islam was the problem.
“I have to call it. Radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very lifestyles. I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country, but it also means that I must be the first to call out religious extremism, he said.
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Friday’s attack began just before the evening speed and lasted only a few minutes. Shire Ali bumped the gunman and attacked the police while his commercial vehicle with barbecuing bottles fired on busy Bourke Street. (Tmsnr.rs/2Qu5stX) 19659011] Flower attributes can be seen outside Melbourne Pellegrinis Cafe for Sisto Malaspina, the day after his death in an attack police called terrorist acts in central Melbourne, Australia, November 10, 2018. AAP / James Ross / via REUTERS