A 29-year-old Brisbane City Council bus driver has been killed after a passenger allegedly doused him with a flammable liquid and set him alight.  Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh said the bus, carrying six passengers, pulled into Moorvale Shopping Centre on Beaudesert Road to pick up three passengers.

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The bus driver was identified as Manmeet Alisher, a 29-year-old prominent in Brisbane’s Indian community. Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said detectives from South Brisbane district and the state crime command’s homicide group had started a homicide investigation. A 48-year-old man was in police custody. “A man threw some type of incendiary device at the driver, sadly, the driver died as a result of these injuries,” Mr Stewart said.

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Flags will be flown at half mast across Brisbane tomorrow as a mark of respect for the Mr Alisher. Friends said he was a singer, dancer and used to be a taxi driver and was engaged to be married. Mr Stewart said there was no indication that it was a racially motivated attack. “Our top priority now is to assist the loved ones of the bus driver who sadly perished in this incident.”

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The bomb squad left the scene after searching the bus for any suspicious objects. The bus will now be towed away for a full forensic examination. Stay tuned for further updates.

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