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Australia: Attack in Sydney

Friday 22 July 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/man-arrested-attempted-attack-sydney-police-station-article-1.2719922

Australian man in custody after setting himself on fire in attempted attack on Sydney police station

There is “nothing to indicate he is linked” to terrorism, Assistant police Commissioner Denis Clifford told the Sydney Morning Herald, but added that “that will form part of our inquiry.”
There is “nothing to indicate he is linked” to terrorism, Assistant police Commissioner Denis Clifford told the Sydney Morning Herald, but added that “that will form part of our inquiry.” (@7NewsSydney via Twitter)
BY
Laura Bult
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 9:25 AM

A man was arrested after he set himself on fire, filled his car with gas cylinders and slammed the vehicle into the underground garage entrance to a Sydney, Australia police station in a failed attempt to blow it up.

Eye witnesses said that the gas bottles did not detonate but that the crazed man, reported to be in his 60’s, made threats to blow up the police station in the Sydney suburb of Merrylands.

Police noticed the man parked in the driveway to the Merrylands police station around 7 p.m. Thursday, local time.

When cops approached the car, the man burst into flames and rammed his car into the entrance to the underground garage, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Queens man dies after setting himself on fire

The officers swiftly extinguished the blaze and took the man into custody at gunpoint.

The man suffered severe burns from fire and was taken to the burn unit at t local hospital after getting taken into custody. No other injuries were reported.

Police said that the attack was “very deliberate” and that the man is known to the station and suffers from mental health issues.

Police said that the attack was “very deliberate” and that the man is known to the station and suffers from mental health issues. (SAM MOOY/EPA)

There is “nothing to indicate he is linked” to terrorism, Assistant police Commissioner Denis Clifford told the Sydney Morning Herald, but added that “that will form part of our inquiry.”

Man dies after setting himself on fire with 56 cents of gas

Police blocked off the perimeter around the street while a bomb squad investigated the incident.


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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jul/21/george-christensen-retracts-radical-islamists-claim-over-merrylands-incident?CMP=share_btn_link

George Christensen retracts ’radical Islamists’ claim over Merrylands incident

MP posted on Facebook after early reporting of a ‘terror attack’, saying: ‘I wonder how quickly some idiot is going to inanely say this has nothing to do with Islam’

Coalition MP George Christensen has rowed back after posting a claim on Facebook that an incident at a Sydney police station was a terrorist attack inspired by radical Islam. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Paul Farrell

Thursday 21 July 2016 14.03 BST
Last modified on Thursday 21 July 2016 14.05 BST

Conservative MP George Christensen has been forced to back down after suggesting an incident at a Sydney police station was a “failed terrorism attack” and linking it to radical Islamism.

NSW Police said a man drove at speed into the car park at Merrylands police station in western Sydney on Thursday night, hitting a roller door. It appeared some form of accelerant had sparked a fire inside the vehicle, police said. The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

Man arrested after suffering serious burns in Sydney police station incident

A number of news organisations, including the ABC, initially reported that the incident was terrorism-related.

Christensen quickly posted on his Facebook page: “Failed terror attack on a police station in Merrylands tonight. The same police station had received terror threats by radical Islamists last year.

“I wonder how quickly some idiot is going to inanely say this has nothing to do with Islam or talk about a religion of peace or blame those who oppose radical islam on even Australia as a whole for marginalising some ‘disaffected youth’.”
A screenshot of George Christensen’s original Facebook post.
A screenshot of George Christensen’s original Facebook post. Photograph: Facebook

Asked whether the incident had any links to violence extremism, NSW police assistance commissioner Denis Clifford told reporters later on Thursday: “That’s not one of our lines of inquiry. There’s nothing to indicate this is in any way related to terrorism. We’ll keep an open mind, but we’re not leaning that way at this stage.”

Christensen then posted: “Surprisingly for Merrylands, this incident may not have been a terrorist attack as the ABC originally reported it to be. News is still rolling in, so we will see.

“But the point I make in this post is not lost: why is it every time there is a terror attack (here or overseas) we get the same platitudes from the Left and the political & media elite.”

Late on Thursday night NSW police had not identified the man, and were continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.