Australia: Muslim DELIBERATELY plows car into pedestrians, 19 injured, second Muslim films attack, cops still deny it’s terrorism


The second man was filming and had a bag of knives, and this isn’t terrorism? How long are our authorities going to lie to us in this way, and continue to tell us we are not at war when we are under siege? This continued denial and willful ignorance is unconscionable. It is patently obvious what this was: vehicular jihad. Anyone can see it. What interest do the Melbourne police have in denying the obvious? Why are they keeping their people in the dark?

The New York Times made it their headline.

“LIVE: Melbourne incident the act of mentally ill drug addict,” by Chip Le Grand,Tessa Akerman, Samantha Hutchinson, Paul Maley, and Paul Johnson, The Australian, December 21, 2017:

19 people were injured and several hospitalised including a small child when a driver with a history of drug use and mental issues mowed them down on Flinders St, in melbourne’s [sic] CBD. Police have suggested that terrorism was not at play.

Nineteen people have been taken to hospital following a deliberate attack on a Melbourne intersection in which a rogue driver ran a red light and mowed down pedestrians.

Victoria Police revealed that fifteen of the victims are in a stable condition, and another four are in a critical condition.

Among those hospitalised are the 32-year-old driver of the car used in the attack and the off-duty police officer who arrested him.

The man who mowed down and injured 19 pedestrians in what police described as a ‘deliberate act’, in Melbourne’s CBD, at the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets is believed to be a drug addict with a history of mental health problems.

The Australian understands the attack, which occurred at 4.41pm in the heart of downtown Melbourne, is not being treated as terrorism.

Rather, the driver is thought to be a mentally ill man with a history of addiction to the drug ice.

The driver is receiving treatment for injuries he sustained when police dragged him from the car and handcuffed him in the wake of the pre-Christmas attack.

The off-duty sergeant sustained hand and shoulder injuries when he jumped in to restrain the driver after his car crashed into a tram stop. Acting Commissioner Shane Patton described him as a hero.

Police have ruled out terror as a motive, but have said they will continue to work with counter terrorism throughout the investigation.

“We don’t have at this time any evidence or intelligence to indicate a connection with terrorism,” Acting Commissioner Shane Patton said. “Having said that we continue to support this investigation with the counter terror command.”

Mr Patton said a second man who was arrested at the scene is not believed to be connected with the car attack.

He said the second man had come under suspicion because he was filming the incident and was later found to have three knives in a bag.

Police said it was likely he would be exonerated.

The driver of the car was known to police, who said that he had a history of mental health issues and was on a mental health plan and had drug issues.

The driver also has historical assault charges from 2010 and more recent driving offences to his name, but was not on bail or under any current court order.

Mr Patton said the driver was an Australian citizen of Afghan descent and was driving a car owned by a family member.

Premier Daniel Andrews called the attack, which occurred at peak hour at one of the city’s busiest intersections, as an act of “evil and an act of cowardice”

“We’ve seen an horrific act, an act of cowardice perpetrated against innocent bystanders,” Mr Andrews said.

The man is believed to have been alone in his car when the incident occurred and police said they had seized no weapons from the vehicle but were investigating the possiblity that he was driving while impaired.

* There weren’t any weapons identified when he was taken from the vehicle, police say

* Police cannot confirm if the man driving the vehicle was an Afghan refugee or born in Australia.

* There was one sole person in the car and that was the offender who is in custosy. [sic]

* A second person had a bag with three knives and at this stage Vic police do not believe he was connected with the incident

* The driver is 32 years of age and had mionor [sic] interactions with Vic police over driving offences and a minor assault in 2010.

* Police confirm they are investigating impairment in relation to the offenders driving and are still following through with those.

* Police only became aware of this male as a result of his conduct in driving and running down the pedestrians

* The car was not stolen but registered to a family member.

* polcie [sic] say it is not apt to describe it as a ‘lone wolf’ incident.

“This is an act of evil and an act of cowardice and one I am sure which will be condemned by all Victorians,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

* Police say driver has a history of drug use and mental health issues.

* Police believe it is a deliberate act

* Second man arrested at the scene was filing [sic] the incident and had a bag containing knives

* “At this time we don’t have any evidence or intelligence eto [sic] establish a connection with terrorism.”

* The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old man, was arrested by an off-duty male police officer shortly after followed by general duties police and members from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

* The officer sustained shoulder and hand injuries during the arrest and has been conveyed to hospital.

* The driver has been taken to hospital under police guard.

* The second person arrested, a 24-year-old man, was arrested by CIRT.

* It’s now believed he had no links to the incident, however he is still assisting police with enquiries.

* Nineteen pedestrians were injured during the incident and conveyed to hospital.

* Two people were also treated for non-collision related injuries.

* At this time police believe this is a deliberate act, however it is only early in the investigation.

A vehicle attack on a busy pedestrian crossing in Melbourne’s Flinders Street which left 19 people in hospital was the work of a mentally ill drug addict, police believe.

The Australian understands the attack, which occurred at 4.41pm in the heart of downtown Melbourne, is not being treated as terrorism.

Rather, the driver is thought to be a mentally ill man with a history of addiction to the drug ice.

It is understood he has no known links to extremism and is not known to counter-terrorism authorities.

A second man pictured arrested at the scene was unconnected to the attack, The Australian has been told.

Police have said publicly the attack was deliberate but that the driver’s motive remained unknown….

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