The man now charged is “known to intelligence authorities for his extreme religious views”, police still ‘baffled’.
When there was an appeal for information about this shooting in August the police had the recording of the Arabic prayer but declaed themselves “baffled as to the motive of the attackers, who are of Middle Eastern appearance and are thought to be Muslim”.Â Colleague Christina commentedÂ “$100 says they’re Muslim. Â They won’t be Jews or Copts or Assyrian Christians.” The man now charged isn’t just a Muslim, he is “known to intelligence authorities for his extreme religious views”
From theÂ Daily Telegraph of Australia
AN Australian-born man known to intelligence authorities for his extreme religious views has been arrested and charged over an alleged near-fatal shooting outside a sex club in Sydney’s north west earlier this year. Milad Bin Ahmad Shah al-Ahmadzai, 23, will appear before Goulburn Local Court today over the May 1 shooting and ambush of a 52-year-old man outside the Aarows nightclub on Bridge Street, Rydalmere.The establishment is a 24-hour gay, bisexual and swingers club.Ahmadzai was arrested at Goulburn prison yesterday and briefly appeared before a magistrate – his lawyer Nick Hanna told The Daily Telegraph the matter will be mentioned again today at Goulburn.The victim – who told police his attackers were completely unknown to him – sustained significant injuries during the ambush, including extensive damage to his back, foot, and groin.
Ahmadzai has been under investigation by the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad’s Strike Force Maloney ever since , which is still searching for two accomplices.He was charged with shoot with intent to murder, discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault in company with intent to rob while armed with a dangerous weapon, steal motor vehicle, damage property by fire and take/drive conveyance without consent of owner.
Police have signalled that further arrests are expected and know that one accomplice goes by the name “Wassim”.They believe a third man was also involved and may have been waiting in a getaway car.
So they now have confirmed that the assailants are indeed Muslim. But are they any less baffled concerning the motive?