The Herald Sun headline, and The Age (6/6/17)
by Dee McLachlan
The mainstream news had another “terror” incident to chew on last night and this morning.
Police arrived at an apartment block in Bay Street, Brighton in Melbourne (near a gym I used to go to) at about 4 pm (5 June 2017) — after receiving reports of an explosion. “It’s believed he has a woman inside with him who he won’t allow to leave,” a police spokeswoman said at the time. The police attempted to negotiate (unsuccessfully) with the man.
By 6 pm, the police had shot Yacqub Khayre, 29, dead after he emerged from one of the apartments and opened fire on them.
- The gunman, Yacqub Khayre, shot a man and held a woman hostage in an apartment in the beau monde suburb of Brighton, Melbourne. He later confronted the police and was shot dead. (In the shoot out three police were injured).
- Khayre was reportedly involved in the foiled terror attack on Sydney’s Holsworthy army barracks in 2009.
- He also had a long history of crime. At 17, he was charged with more than 40 offences (multiple burglaries, assault, methamphetamine possession, failing to answer bail, resisting arrest, etc.) but was granted bail by a Magistrate. He also stabbed a young train passenger while trying to rob him of his phone.
- Khayre was convicted for 3 years for carrying out a violent home invasion (failed robbery).
- He was an ice addict.
- He was on parole at the time of the Brighton attack, but police saw him as a low-risk person of (terror) interest.
- Khayre, yesterday, had arranged to meet the woman (hostage) at the Buckingham Serviced Apartments after booking her services through an escort agency.
- He turned up to meet the escort with a firearm. [Where do you get a sawn-off shotgun when on parole?]
- Police shot him dead after he emerged from the complex shooting at officers. They THEN discovered the body of another (Chinese-born) man in the foyer of the apartment block.
- Before being shot himself, Khayre claimed the attack was for IS and Al Qaeda.
- “The first sign of a possible terror link came when a male caller claiming to be linked to the siege [what siege?] called the Channel 7 newsroom…” in Melbourne saying: “This is for IS” and “This is for Al-Qaeda.” [Did he have Channel 7’s number handy?]
- Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack. [How?]
- The group’s Amaq news agency said, “The attack in Melbourne, Australia was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State in response to the call for targeting the subjects of the coalition states.” [This is reported by SITE Intelligence Group – led by the Israeli analyst Rita Katz.]
- Victoria police confirmed on Tuesday morning they were treating the siege as an act of terrorism. The state’s chief police commissioner, Graham Ashton, said it was still unclear whether it was a planned or spontaneous attack.
The woman survived the ordeal.
I called Channel 7 (02-8777 7777). Before the call is picked up, a voice informs the caller that the organisation will ask for their name etc. I spoke to the receptionist and explained why I was calling — to find out more about the “siege caller” they had yesterday. I was immediately put through to public relations — which did not answer (twice). I called again — and await for them to call me back.