Ter­ror vic­tim killed as he tries to help

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY KAREN ROCKETT

THE man stabbed to death by an Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist in Aus­tralia was try­ing to help his at­tacker, it emerged yes­ter­day.

Cof­fee bar owner Sisto Malaspina, 74, thought Has­san Shire Ali’s pick-up truck had ac­ci­den­tally caught fire in Mel­bourne.

He was un­aware the So­mali-born 30-year-old had de­lib­er­ately torched his ve­hi­cle in a bid to make gas cylin­ders ex­plode.

Shire Ali stabbed Sisto out­side his cafe and wounded two other men aged 26 and 58 be­fore be­ing shot by po­lice.

Shire Ali’s Aus­tralian pass­port was can­celled in 2015 be­cause he planned to travel to Syria.

But in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials de­cided he posed no threat. Po­lice said he had no di­rect link with IS.

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