Security forces KNEW Somali terrorist had ties with terrorist organizations years before the knife attack
The knife-wielding Somali terrorist who killed three men, the one deadly, on Melbourne's Bourke Street was known to the Australian terrorism fighters and had connections with North African extremist groups.
Mohamed Khalif (31) crashed his car into the busy shopping street before he set fire to him, bypassed bystanders and the police officers who tried to stop him around 16.20 in trouble around Friday.
Officers finally shot him in the chest and he died of his wounds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
It also turned out that Khalif's passport was canceled in 2015 after it was 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.
But the AFP spokesperson said at a press conference late on Saturday morning, while the target was on their radar, the decision was made not to intervene.
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The knife-wielding Somali terrorist (left) Mohamed Khalif, 30, who killed three men, one fatal, on Bourke Street in Melbourne, was known to Australian terrorism fighters and had connections with North African extremist groups, it has been revealed
He said: "Although he had radical ideals, he did not hold a threat.
I want to ensure that the full force of the Commonwealth is spent on the investigation (on the terrorist incident). & # 39;
The 31-year-old had a criminal history according to Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton – who announced Khalif on Saturday morning had a record of cannabis use, theft and violations.
Khalif's 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali (photo), was arrested in November 2017 in connection with an allegedly thwarted terrorist attack on Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne
La Trobe Liberal MP Jason Wood told The Age that he believed better measures could be implemented to deal with well-known extremists.
Part of that assignment could contain an intervention warrant for community protection – which would mean that certain people might be banned
He said: & I do not say that it will prevent attacks, but at the moment we do not have options. & # 39;
Khalif's 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was arrested in November 2017 in connection with an allegedly thwarted terrorist attack on Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne.
Commissioner Ashton denied that officers could not come into contact with Khalif's wife and said in the same communication that the police had contacted her and knew her where she was.
Authorities hope to be able to use the state's preventive detention laws for the first time since their entry into force, whereby the police are legally allowed to hold a suspect for up to seven days if they think the person poses a threat or security risk.
As reported in the hours after the attack, Khalif was known to the Australian National Security Agency, Twitter users reacted angrily to the idea that he might have stopped before he committed the horror of Friday.
A user said: 'Bourke Street attacker Mohamed Khalif was being watched by the police and a possible risk.
& # 39; Brother involved in planning an attack on the Fed Square. Which model citizens!
What did the authorities think when he had several gas cylinders in his Ute that he was watching? Go for a big BBQ !!! & # 39;
The single wolf attacker is also called Hassan Shire, the Herald Sun reported.
Video showed a man who tried to stab and chop with two cops before he was shot and fell to the floor, and a brave shopper tried to hit him with a trolley
La Trobe Liberal MP Jason Wood (photo) said he believed better measures could be implemented to deal with known extremists after the attack
Twitter users were angry with the idea that Mohamed Khalif could have been stopped before Friday atrocities were committed on Bourke Street
Officers shot him in the chest after his Holden Rodeo loaded with gas bottles hit a pedestrian when he walked up the curb and exploded outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection on Friday around 4:20 PM.
A video of the scene showed the frenzied attack that lasted for more than a minute, starting with the loading of Khalif with two police officers, one punching through a vehicle window and paying attention to it with a knife.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have since claimed the attack as their own through their propaganda platform, and released a statement saying: "The culprit of the operation in Melbourne was a hunter of the Islamic State and carried out the operation to nationals of the coalition that fights IS & # 39; said Amaq, allegedly citing a jihadist security source.
ISIS has previously claimed responsibility for attacks that were later found to be unrelated to the organization.
The knifeman killed a customer in the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne and injured two others. A body was seen lying on the street covered with a white sheet
ISIS has since claimed the attack as their own through the propaganda platform, and released a statement with the words "the culprit of the operation … in Melbourne … was a hunter of the Islamic State and conducted the operation from … to fight nationals of the coalition & # 39; fighting IS, Amaq reported
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said that the attack was a bad and frightening thing that happened in our state & # 39 ;.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this, but we will not be determined by this," he said.
The leader of the Victorian liberal party, Matthew Guy, said & # 39; we have to eradicate these kinds of things, in a media conference shortly thereafter.
& # 39; Any source should keep Victorians safe. & # 39;
Khalif chased the officers around a tree as they tried to dodge his blows and persuade him to surrender.
A brave bystander tried to stop the attack by running down with a shopping cart.
Another spectator, who went out in Khalif with the help of a traffic cone, told the Daily Telegraph that the perpetrator's crazy eyes & # 39; had.
Another young witness, who was working at a local KFC at that time, remembered the moment when he saw the blood of one of the victims, who was down on the footpath.
Markel Villasin, 22 and his bosses walked out of their store when they had a & # 39; stirring & # 39; heard.
Mr. Villasin said he saw the terrorist Mohamed Khalif holding a knife and hurling at agents.
It seemed that police officers did not know how to deal with the situation because it is clearly so rare in Melbourne, Villasin said to ABC.
Mr. Villasin saw that the man was breathing but seemed to bleed, because rescuers were trying to resuscitate him with CPR.
Despite the desperate attempts to save the man, he died later as a result of his wounds.
& # 39; Unfortunately the man died, they put a sheet on him. It was crazy because he was living on my feet while they were trying to work on him and then he died, "said Mr Villasin.
Markel Villasin, 22, (photo) worked in the KFC restaurant of Bourke Street near the scene when he had a commotion & # 39; heard
The officers then retreated to the other side of the road when the bearded attacker with a shaved head and dressed in a long brown tunic pursued them.
Horrified bystanders begged the police to shoot him down.
Khalif again tried to stop and chop the officers several times before a policeman tried to taser us without success.
His partner then shot the attacker in the chest.
The knifeman grabbed his chest and fell to the ground where he was quickly arrested on the pavement by two simple garment officers and rushed to the hospital under police surveillance, where he later died on the operating table.
Khalif and his family were known to the Australian secret intelligence service, the nation's national spy agency, after his younger brother was arrested for allegedly attempting a New Years Eve attack in 2017.
He was excluded as an ISIS sympathizer & # 39; when it was claimed that he intended to carry out a major terrorist attack, before the police said they intercepted his plans.
Ali was arrested and indicted last November and had been the target of an undercover operation by the Joint-Counter-Terrorism Team of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Supreme Court of Melbourne heard in June.
Federal agent Jonathan Bedford said that officers had been watching Ali's activities closely and, sometimes, daily & # 39; in March-April last year, the court was told.
Ali is brought to justice in the Supreme Court after he has been guilty of the accusations.
Daily Mail does not suggest that Ali had any involvement in the attack on Bourke Street on Friday.
His possible ties with known terror plotters and extremist elements of the North African community in Australia are being investigated.
Khalif moved to Somalia from Australia in the 1990s, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said and had a list of small & # 39; violations related to "cannabis use, theft and traffic violations & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He is known to the police and is best known with regard to relatives that he has and which are certainly of interest. & # 39;
Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton and Prime Minister Daniel Andrews spoke at a press conference after the attack
"He is someone who is known to both the Victoria police and the federal level," Ashton said.
Mr. Ashton was asked about eyewitness reports that Khalif & Allahu Akbar & # 39; shouted as he chased pedestrians, but he could not confirm that.
& # 39; There is no constant threat, but this is an ongoing investigation. It is handled by the Counterterrorism Command and the Victoria Police. & # 39;
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also released a statement condemning the actions of the attacker.
Australians will never be intimidated by these horrendous attacks and we will continue to live our lives and enjoy the liberties that the terrorists despise, & # 39; he wrote.
"I praise the bravery of the local police who took action and those who selflessly came to the help of the wounded and comforted the needy."
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also praised the bravery of & # 39; our extraordinary police officers who acted so fast and professionally in Melbourne & CBD … and the passersby whose first instinct was to help others. & # 39;
A man caught a bird's-eye view of the explosion, storing the car from the bedroom window in flames
Witnesses said the Holden Rodeo hit a pedestrian when he was riding on the curb and on Friday at around 4:20 PM near Target in the vicinity of the crossroads of Swanson Street caught fire before the stabbing tirades began
The man was quickly arrested on the sidewalk by two officers for shocked pedestrians who stayed back to film it
The Victoria police said that officers responded to reports of a car burn before they were confronted by the man.
"Officers were confronted with a man who waved a knife and threatened them," said Inspector David Clayton.
The Counter Terrorism Command in collaboration with the Homicide Squad will investigate the incident, but the police sees no further threats at this stage and is not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
& # 39; The exact conditions must still be determined at this stage. The area is closed and the public is urged to avoid the area, "they said earlier.
Khalif was brought to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition after being shot in the chest, where he later died.
One of his victims had a head injury and another an unknown injury. Witnesses said that one of the wounded was a guard who tried to intervene.
One of the victims was identified as the Tasmanian man Rodney Patterson, 58.
Patterson and his wife Maree (not pictured) said it was in the attack & # 39; caught before he was stabbed
His wife Maree took the social media to share the shocking turn of the events, with details on how she and her husband were in the attack & # 39; caught before he was stabbed.
"Rodney was injured – good news is that he is in a great hospital and is doing well, given the circumstances," she posted on Facebook.
& # 39; Can not take calls at the moment, but everyone will speak if I can.
Thank everyone for their wishes and care. & # 39;
The Tasmanian MP Will Hodgman praised the & # 39; brave & # 39; actions by Mr Patterson.
Rodney Patterson (second from the left) was one of three people who were stabbed by the Somali attacker, who had been shot by the police after he had crashed a car and set fire to him.
Another 26-year-old victim still has to be identified.
A policeman suffered minor injuries, but was treated on the spot.
Another man, in his 60's, died of his injuries at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
& # 39; People were trying to help victims because he simply ate randomly. The security (guard) of the adjacent building was also stabbed, but I saw that he was sitting upright, so we know he survived, & # 39; a witness told the Herald Sun.
Shopping cart hero tries to beat Bourke Street attacker
A spectator has been hailed as a hero after attempting to take down a knife-handling man with a shopping cart during the horrific attack on Friday at Bourke Street.
Scene from the scene showed a brave man who pushed a shopping cart into the knifeman while he accused two policemen and cut them, while a ute was engulfed by flames that were burned in the background.
The heroic actions of the spectator were praised on social media.
& # 39; Total respect for the shop character hero who is trying to take down a crazy knifesman with nothing but a metal basket on not very good wheels, "tweeted a person.
& # 39; Unbelievable work by the police in Melbourne, but also bystanders – one who uses a trolley to subdue the man, & # 39; another said.
Cops try to take down the man who is armed with a knife. Passerby seems to turn him off with a shopping cart! & # 39; a person said.
Another spectator, who went out in Khalif with the help of a traffic cone, told the Daily Telegraph that the perpetrator's crazy eyes & # 39; had.
Two victims lie on the floor in blood puddles after being stabbed by the knifeman in the street, because bystanders rush to help them
One witness said he was terrified & # 39; was after he had seen a body covered with a white sheet on the footpath
The Victoria police said the officers responded to reports about a car burn (photo) before they were confronted by the man
Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian while walking on the sidewalk outside Target next to the Swanson Street intersection, on Friday at around 4:20 PM
Witnesses described a chaotic scene with an injured pedestrian on the ground and countless police cars and helicopters flying overhead.
& # 39; The police response was quick and overwhelming. I initially heard at least one shot, & # 39; said one.
Another said that they did hear what sounded like a bomb and a cannon shot & # 39 ;.
Roads are blocked and the police advises to stay away from Bourke St .. Feels like the yes vu, & # 39; they said, referring to the car attack at Bourke Street Mall last year in which six people were killed.
Panicked pedestrians walked from all sides in all directions, some hid in cafes and shops in the neighborhood and locked themselves in back rooms.
The area was locked and the public trudged away while the stores including Myer, Target and David Jones were evacuated and the bomb crew was called in to assess the car.
The burnt-out car was sitting where he crashed on the sidewalk and exploded before the calamity began
The area was locked with the public, and stores including Myer, Target and David Jones evacuated and the trees team called to assess the car
The police asks people to avoid the area and says that more information will be given when it was available
Another said they heard what sounded like a bomb and a cannon shot & # 39;
There were authorities in Melbourne trying to complete the attack
Warnings blare for the first time from the newly installed terror warning speakers: & # 39; This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area. This is Victoria's police, please evacuate the area. & # 39;
The fire was brought under control in about five minutes, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade said.
The fire brigade initially discovered "BBQ-style gas cylinders & # 39; in the vehicle, but the bomb-shift & # 39; made them unusable & # 39; shortly after.
The police asks people to avoid the area, and says that the streets can be blocked until 8 am on Saturday morning at the latest.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp praised the emergency services for their efforts and the city to come together to support each other.
• Melburnians must be reassured by the quick response of the Victoria Police and emergency services who worked quickly, bravely and effectively to minimize damage to the public and keep the situation in check, & # 39; she said.
I am proud of the way our community has respectfully responded to instructions from the local police.
I know that many of us will feel the impact of these terrible events and it is important at these times that we join together as a community and support each other. & # 39;
It is expected that the security will be at a high level after the incident.
The safety in Melbourne is at a peak this weekend. The police take all precautionary measures to keep the city safe in the light of the violent terrorist attack on Friday.
Ashton said he asked the police to tighten security at several major events during the weekend.
He said revelers on Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse, football at AAMI Park and Remembrance Day on Sunday in particular should expect increased safety.
Ashton said the security decision was necessary after the frightening ordeal that took place on Bourke St in the heart of Melbourne on Friday.
We're doing security evaluations of those events in light of what happened here in Melbourne in the late afternoon, "he said.
It comes as a trial goes through the horrible frenzy in Bourke St in January last year. James Gargasoulas is accused of deliberately bumping into pedestrians, killing six people and injuring 27 others.
The police will investigate whether Friday's attacker was a copycat of last year's robbery.
Bourke Street Rampage 2017
January 17, 2017: James Gargasoulas told an employee that if he were to be chased by the police, he would continue to drive and meet people.
January 18, 2017: Gargasoulas stole a Holden Commodore from Windsor.
Beginning of January 20, 2017: Gargasoulas and his brother were heated in their mother's apartment. James attacked him with a big knife. Then he met an employee at the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda, where he told him he was drastically & # 39; drastically & # 39; went to do, and to look at me, you will see me on the news tonight & # 39 ;.
January 20, 2017: Gargasoulas, 28, led the police on a chase by Melbourne's CBD. He plowed his maroon Holden Commodore during pedestrians in Bourke Street during the lunch time period. Six people were killed and another 27 were injured.
March 1, 2018: Gargasoulas made a plea for mental health and told the court that he was suffering from schizophrenia in the weeks leading up to the attack in the hope of avoiding a lawsuit.
June 14, 2018: A Gargasoulas determined by the jury does indeed have a mental illness, but is still suitable to stand trial.
November 7, 2018: The lawsuit of Gargasoulas starts in Melbourne.
November 8, 2018: Gargasoulas does not plead guilty to all 33 charges against him, including murder.
November 9, 2018: The test continues.
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