The full extent of the failed attack by the jihad Hassan Khalif Shire Ali by Bourke Street in the heart of Melbourne has been revealed.
Ali, 30, crashed into the busy shopping street before he set him on fire, bystanders cut – the one deadly – and the two officers who tried to stop him around Friday around 4:20 PM.
But his real plan was much more deadly.
Inspired by ISIS attacks in Europe, Ali wanted to ram pedestrians with his truck, possibly in a packed shop or café, before igniting gas bottles at the rear of the vehicle.
The resulting fireball could have thrown shrapnel 100 meters across Bourke Street and killed dozens of people.
Bourke Street Jihadi terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali failed an attempt to ignite the gas cylinders in his utility vehicle (left) during a frightening attack on the popular street in Melbourne
Ali, 30, left his car on the busy shopping street before setting fire to him, knocking bystanders – the one deadly – and the two officers trying to stop him around 16.20 on Friday.
But Victoria's chief commissioner, Graham Ashton, described the cylinders as "uncultivated"; in a press conference on Saturday morning.
He said that it seemed like there had been an attempt to light a fire because the barrels & # 39; to open & # 39; were turned.
According to The Age, the anti-terror police thinks that Ali was planning to set three gas bottles on fire in the ute's rear drawer.
One witness said he was terrified & # 39; was after he had seen a body covered with a white sheet on the footpath
A man caught a bird's-eye view of the explosion, storing the car from the bedroom window in flames
Officers arrived within 90 seconds, preventing Ali's other plan to shoot many more people to death.
The police also has the public response & # 39; 9-11 & # 39; credited – named after those on board United Airlines Flight 93 who have fought in vain to take control of the plane back from terrorists – to maintain a sense of calm during Friday's attacks.
One researcher told The Age: "There are many who have decided that they will not be intimidated by terrorists and take all possible actions."
The two police officers who bravely challenged the execu- tive driver Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who brandished knives, were both rookie members of the force.
One of the officers finally shot him in his coffin. He later died of his wounds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Today it turned out that the officer who fired the bullet had just graduated from the police academy three months ago.
At the same press conference on Saturday morning, Commissioner Ashton said that both members were reasonably new & # 39; goods.
He said: "The member who was dismissed was only outside the academy for three months and has relatives in the Victorian police."
The Commissioner also praised his companions calmly in the situation.
The two police officers who bravely challenged the express musician Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who wields the knives, were both rookie members of the force.
He said: & # 39; I am proud of the efforts of all our members. They had seconds to respond and they were very brave. & # 39;
Chief Ashton defended accusations that his officers had taken too long to subdue the attacker.
A witness who came from KFC to see the commotion told ABC after the attack it seemed as if policemen did not know how to deal with the situation.
The shrapnel from the cylinders in the car would have flown 100 meters into a deadly fireball, it is assumed
A video of the scene showed the frenzied attack that lasted for more than a minute, starting with Ali calling two policemen, knocking one through a vehicle window and knocking it out with a knife.
Ali chased the officers around a tree as they tried to avoid his blows and persuade him to surrender.
A brave bystander also tried to stop the attack by emptying it with a shopping cart.
The officers retreated to the other side of the road when the bearded attacker, who had a shaved head and was dressed in a long brown tunic, pursued them.
Horrified bystanders begged the police to shoot him down.
Ali tried again and again to stab and chop the officers several times before a policeman tried to take him without success.
His partner then shot the attacker in the chest.
The knifeman reached for his chest and fell to the ground, where he was quickly arrested by two officers with a costume. He hurried to the hospital under police surveillance, where he later died on the operating table.
Meanwhile, it turned out that Ali was known to the Australian counterterrorism and had ties with North African extremist groups.
He had canceled his passport in 2015 after he had been identified as one of 300 potential security risks.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed that it was taken from him after it was decided by intelligence officers he intended to travel to Syria.