The sister of the 15-year-old gunman who stormed a police headquarters and killed an accountant may have tried to reach Syria the day before the shooting, it has emerged.
Iranian-born boy attended Parramatta moske, shot a civilian employee outside Police Headquarters, and shouted “Allah Allah”, before being shot.
Tim Blair nails it:
Malcolm Turnbull will seek to recast the government’s relationship with Muslims through more co-operative and inclusive policies …
The move, which represents a departure from the policies of the Abbott government, will be embraced by the country’s Muslims, according to community leader and GP Jamal Rifi …
He said the Muslim community was “elated” at Mr Turnbull becoming Prime Minister … “Unfortunately, under the previous government we felt powerless,” Dr Rifi said.
The gunman who shot dead a police staffer was a 15-year-old who had visited Parramatta Mosqueon his way to commit murder.
The teenager, a naturalised Australian who arrived with his family from Iran, had walked to the police headquarters in Charles Street from his home in North Parramatta before opening fire on a civilian police employee.
The victim was identified as Curtis Cheng, a 17-year veteran of the police finance department, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said today …
Mr Scipione said the attack by a 15-year-old boy of Iranian background was “politically motivated”.
“If it is politically motivated violence then it is deemed an act of terrorism,” Mr Scipione said …
Witnesses have told The Saturday Telegraph that after shooting dead the civilian employee, the teenager ran up and down in front of police headquarters waving his handgun in the air and shouting: “Allah. Allah.”
Of course, Fairfax plays down the details:
The teenager shouted religious slogans before firing one shot in the back of the head of a police finance worker as the employee was heading home on Friday afternoon.
And let’s hear from the Prime Minister:
Turnbull said the Muslim community would be “shocked and appalled” by the killing and issued a warning against vilifying or shaming the community for the actions of “a very, very small percentage”.
That’s some great inclusiveness there, Malcolm.
UPDATE. The murderer’s name: Farad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.
More stereotypical responses to what is usually dismissed as ‘nothing to do with islam’ at Sydney Morning Herald
More looking for nothing to upset the ‘islam is peace’ fantasy, at ABC News
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