Australia In Shock As Horrific Terror Attack Rattles Melbourne
The attack was carried out because of Australia’s role in the U.S.–led coalition fighting against the terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria
(Anonymous News) While the world was still grappling with the news of London terror attacks, an ISIS-inspired gunman – who had been acquitted over a foiled plot to attack a Sydney army barracks in 2009 – held an Australian woman hostage for several hours and shot a 36-year-old Chinese-Australian concierge dead in an apartment building in the southern city of Melbourne on Monday.
When the police arrived, 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre burst out of the building and started firing indiscriminately. Three police officers suffered non-life threatening injuries in the gunfight. In the end, the attacker was shot dead, and the hostage was rescued unhurt.
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) June 5, 2017
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Tuesday the attack was being treated as a terrorist incident:
“This terrorist attack by a known criminal, a man who was only recently released on parole, is a shocking, cowardly crime. He had a long record of violence, a very long record of violence; he had been charged with a terrorist offense … and acquitted. He was known to have connections, at least in the past, with violent extremism. It is a terrorist attack and it underlines the need for us to be constantly vigilant, never to be deterred, always defiant, in the face of Islamist terrorism.”
I condemn the terrorism that occured in #Melbourne this evening, in all of its forms. God curse ISIS. God bless Australia 🇦🇺
— Imam Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) June 5, 2017
— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) June 5, 2017
Ben Vieth, an eyewitness who was forced to flee for safety to a nearby supermarket, recalled the scenes of horror:
“We heard the machine gun go off. It was absolutely terrifying. It went for probably three or four seconds, just constant fire. The police were just screaming at people to run and take cover. People were just ducking and running. I was just in shock. I couldn’t stand up. It was full on. The noise was just deafening. It wasn’t a couple of shots. It sounded like 20 or 30 shots.”
— Paul Tatnell (@PaulTatnell) June 5, 2017