Will Australia see its first ‘intifadah?’ Remember when 2 criminal ‘yoots’ ran from the police in France and accidentallyÂ got electrocuted?Â Remember how enraged, allahu akbar-shouting Muslim “yoots” set 10.000 cars on fire, torched over 400 businesses and firebombed buses in which French pensionersÂ burned to death?Â Well, the French have made their arrangements with the “marginalized yoots”, but how will Australia handle it?
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No choice but to shoot the armed robbers, police say (Daily Telegraph)
SENIOR police yesterday defended the shooting of two would-be robbers, saying officers had “no choice” but to open fire despite having shadowed the men for hours.
Just seconds earlier, the balaclava-clad men, one allegedly wielding a machete, had been confronted by an undercover officer inside the pub.
Five shots were discharged by at least two officers and ” … in my opinion, the officers had no choice other than to act in the way that they did,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Geoff Beresford said.
“In my opinion, it was an extremely brave act. They were confronted with a life-threatening situation and they did everything they could to protect members or patrons of the hotel and themselves.”
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Police said at least one other man was waiting in a black Toyota Yaris in front of the hotel, but he drove off when the shots were fired, colliding with a police car.
Police raided a Condell Park home yesterday, but the man has not been arrested.
Mr Beresford said the men were being tracked throughout Monday afternoon by five Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives investigating a string of robberies in Sydney’s southwest.
The officers did not know of the robbery plot until they pulled up outside the High Flyer Hotel about 8.30pm.
Mr Beresford said events “escalated unexpectedly” and very quickly. One of the plainclothes officers ran inside the hotel to warn patrons.
El Hafiane’s mother Mary said her son, who was studying carpentry “on and off” at TAFE, didn’t have a history of criminal activity but admitted she didn’t know the circles he moved in.
“He’s just a kid, running around being crazy and the next thing we know he’s caught up in this,” Mrs El Hafiane said
“We got told through the grapevine. It’s all just gossip at the moment and things people have heard on TV.”
The devastated mother of four boys said police still hadn’t contacted her at lunchtime yesterday.
She said she waited two hours at Bankstown Police Station on Monday night, but was ignored by police.
Mr Beresford said senior homicide and Bankstown detectives told the boy’s father Mohammed of the shooting at 3.30am yesterday, after he attended the police station.
The second man was in a stable condition in Liverpool Hospital yesterday.
A police critical incident investigation team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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