Ex­trem­ist plot­ted in sub­ur­ban granny flat

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - BOURKE STREET RAMPAGE - DAVID HURLEY TOM MINEAR

HAS­SAN Khalif Shire Ali had split from his wife and be­come dis­tanced from his fam­ily in the lead-up to Fri­day’s at­tack.

The Sun­day Mail can re­veal the So­mali-born Is­lamist ter­ror­ist had drug and al­co­hol prob­lems and at­tended the Hume Islamic Coun­cil.

He is un­der­stood to have vis­ited So­ma­lia be­fore his pass­port was can­celled in 2015.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are seek­ing to de­ter­mine what mo­ti­vated the Bourke St at­tack and if he had been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with other peo­ple about it.

Prison of­fi­cers searched the cell of a per­son known to Shire Ali at dawn yes­ter­day.

No ev­i­dence was un­cov­ered but the pris­oner has now been moved to pro­tec­tion over fears his as­so­ci­a­tion with Shire Ali could make him a tar­get.

A sup­pres­sion or­der granted in an out-of-ses­sions Supreme Court hear­ing yes­ter­day pre­vents The Sun­day Mail from de­tail­ing some of Shire Ali’s past.

But Meadow Heights res­i­dents have told how po­lice car­ried out a 3am raid on a home where the ter­ror­ist had lived.

One neigh­bour said Shire Ali had lived in the bun­ga­low for about a year. He was seen with a woman and a young boy.

The neigh­bour said Shire Ali may have been a trades­man af­ter see­ing him with tools and a wheel­bar­row in the ute used in the Bourke St at­tack.

The own­ers of the home linked to the granny flat are not con­nected with Shire Ali.

Of­fi­cers also raided a Wer­ribee prop­erty, be­lieved to be home to the at­tacker’s fa­ther.

Po­lice also con­firmed they had spo­ken to Shire Ali’s wife.

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice act­ing Deputy Com­mis­sioner Ian McCart­ney said Shire Ali had been rad­i­calised and had his pass­port can­celled in 2015 when he tried to go to Syria. But he was not be­ing mon­i­tored.

He said the at­tack was linked to Islamic State, but he did not be­lieve Shire Ali had ac­tu­ally been in con­tact with the group.

Mr McCart­ney said that while po­lice had as­sessed that Shire Ali had held rad­i­cal views, they had con­cluded he “did not pose a threat to the na­tional se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment”.

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