MAN DIES IN OZ TER­ROR AT­TACK

Thug crashes car into pedes­trian, stabs by­standers

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - BRAD HUNTER

Is­lamic State is tak­ing credit for a sav­age ter­ror at­tack in Aus­tralia in which one man was killed and could have left scores dead.

Of­fi­cials are treat­ing the in­ci­dent that brought Mel­bourne to a stand­still dur­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon rush hour as ter­ror­ism-re­lated.

Cops say a So­mali im­mi­grant, Mo­hamed Khalif — who goes by the name of Has­san Shire — crashed his truck on a busy street, hit­ting a pedes­trian and then tried to set the truck on fire.

In­side the Holden Rodeo were gas cylin­ders for a pre­sump­tive car bomb­ing de­signed to slaugh­ter dozens on the busy side­walks.

Af­ter Khalif emerged from the ve­hi­cle, he then stabbed three men — one fa­tally — be­fore his quest for mar­tyr­dom ended with po­lice bul­lets. He died later in hos­pi­tal. The Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The death cult said in a state­ment: “The per­pe­tra­tor of the op­er­a­tion... in Mel­bourne... was an Is­lamic State fighter and car­ried out the op­er­a­tion... to tar­get na­tion­als of the coali­tion fight­ing IS.”

How­ever, blowhard ISIS pro­pa­gan­dists fre­quently claim re­spon­si­bil­ity for at­tacks they have noth­ing to do with.

A wit­ness said one of the stab­bing vic­tims — be­lieved to be a man in his 60s who later died — was stabbed in the face, and des­per­ate ef­forts were made to save him.

“Be­cause he was on his stom­ach, they turned him over to see if he’s all right, he was still alive,” the wit­ness, Markel Vil­lasin, told Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press.

“He was breath­ing and he was bleed­ing out.”

Video from the scene showed a man swing­ing a knife at two po­lice of­fi­cers near a burn­ing car be­fore he was shot.

In De­cem­ber 2014, a 17hour siege in which a gun­man took 18 peo­ple hostage in a Syd­ney cafe ended with two hostages dead and the gun­man killed by po­lice.

How­ever, at a later in­quest, the coro­ner of New South Wales state said the gun­man’s ac­tions fell “within the ac­cepted def­i­ni­tion of ter­ror­ism.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Her­ald Sun, Khalif’s 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was ar­rested in No­vem­ber of 2017 in re­la­tion to a foiled ter­ror at­tack in Mel­bourne.

Vic­to­ria state po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said the sus­pect, who was orig­i­nally from So­ma­lia, was known to po­lice and the in­ci­dent was be­ing treated as ter­ror­ism.

CHRIS NEWPORT PHO­TOS

A man ac­cused of crash­ing a ve­hi­cle into pedes­tri­ans and then stab­bing by­standers is pur­sued along a down­town Mel­bourne street yes­ter­day be­fore be­ing sub­dued, above.

JAMES ROSS/AP

A burned-out ve­hi­cle sits on the street. The knife-wield­ing driver stabbed two peo­ple, one fa­tally.

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