A few days after London Bridge attack, a Somalian-born refugee, Yacqub Khayre carried out a hostage terrorist attack in Brighton, an affluent beach-side suburb of Melbourne in Australia. The terror attack left two men dead and three police officers injured. Meanwhile, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Source: The Star Online
What Really Happened?
Yacqub Khayre was on parole when he shot a man dead in a Brighton apartment building, also he had booked a female escort, whom he took as a hostage. After two-hour long hostage situation, Khayre was killed by the police in an exchange of several gun fires.
According to The Huffington Post, Police Commissioner Ashton said: “Yacqub Khayre has a long criminal history with us, but also from what we’re piecing together comments he made related to ISIS and Al Qaeda certainly for us put this in the terrorism category.”
He further added: “Certainly we don’t yet know what caused him to go off like he has last night with undertaking the acts that he has.”
Terrorism in Australia
First, in 2004, Australian Government has identified transnational terrorism as also a threat to Australian citizens. Since the 1960s, Australia has experienced the acts of modern terrorism.
Source: The Australian
List of Terrorist Incidents in Australia
List of major terror incidents in Australia:
Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing (1978)
On 13 February 1978, a bomb exploded outside the Sydney Hilton Hotel. The hotel was hosting the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting.
Sydney Turkish Consul General assassination (1980)
Sydney Turkish Consul General Şarık Arıyak and his security attaché Engin Sever were assassinated on 17 December 1980.
Melbourne Turkish consulate bombing (1986)
On 23 November 1986, a car bomb exploded in a car park underneath the Turkish Consulate in South Yarra, Victoria.
Bombing of the French Consulate in Perth
Terrorists firebombed the French Consulate in Perth in 1995.