Police say they are treating yesterday’s shooting and hostage situation in Melbourne, which left two people dead, including a gunman linked to plans to attack the Holsworthy Army base, as terrorism.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the gunman, 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre from Roxburgh Park in Melbourne’s north, had a long criminal history and was recently released from prison on parole. Khayre was charged and acquitted by a jury over a plot to attack the Holsworthy Army barracks in Sydney in 2009.
Three of his co-accused were found guilty of planning the terrorist attack as payback for Australia’s military action in the Middle East.
Islamic jihad? Check.
Long criminal history? Check.
Out of prison on parole? Check.
Previous plots? Check.
Known to police? Check.
Motive unknown? Acted alone? Senseless? I think not. Instead of asking why our ever-growing surveillance state continues to fail no matter how much cash we throw at it, we should be asking why was he in the this country to begin with?