Thursday, 21 December 2017

Melbourne 'attack not terror related', police say



The man who deliberately drove a car into a crowd in Melbourne is a drug user with mental health issues but no known terrorism links, police say.

 
The Australian citizen of Afghan descent was taken into custody after a struggle at the scene of the incident.


The car the 32-year-old was driving hit a number of pedestrians on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, said Victoria Police.


Fourteen people have been injured, with several in a critical condition.


A second man, 24, was arrested after being seen filming the incident. He had a bag of knives with him, police added.
"It is now believed he had no links to the incident, however he is still assisting police with enquiries," they said.


The driver was arrested by an off-duty police officer. Police say he was the only person in the car.


The officer sustained shoulder and hand injuries during the arrest and was taken to hospital.


The driver was also taken to hospital, under police guard.


Police and emergency services at the scene

Police at the scene make an arrest

The man police arrested at the scene




BBC        News.