Is Melbourne close enough for you to start being concerned?

Yacqub Khayre outside court in 2010. Khayre and another man were acquitted by a Supreme Court jury, of planning an alleged terrorist attack on the Holsworthy army base in Sydney. (AAP)

The liberal elites tell us not to worry about terrorism. It’s all happening some place else.

We are perfectly safe here in New Zealand.

Well, is Melbourne close enough for you?

Isis is claiming responsibility for the Melbourne hostage attack.

“The attack in Melbourne, Australia was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State in response to the call for targeting the subjects of the coalition states,” the group’s Amaq news agency said.

Isis blamed the attack on Australia’s membership in the US-led coalition against the militant group.

The gunman at the centre of the deadly situation that is being investigated for terror links was reportedly known to police over the Holsworthy terror plot. 

The Seven Network took a phone call in its Melbourne newsroom at 5.41pm local time yesterday from a woman who said she was in a hostage situation before a man came on the line saying “This is for Isis, this is for al-Qaeda”.

Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp told reporters that terrorism was “one line of inquiry” but it was still early days.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton will hold a press conference this morning to address fears of a terror link.

Victoria Police are yet to publicly identify the man, who was shot dead in a shootout with police at the Brighton scene. But sources told the Herald Sun he was rated as “a low-risk person of interest” by anti-terror police.

The man was acquitted over the terror plot to launch a suicide attack against Sydney’s Holsworthy army barracks in 2009 after a trial in 2010.

In 2007, he was charged with armed robbery after holding up passengers on a Melbourne train, leaving one man with knife wounds.

Police were called to the Brighton serviced apartment building to reports of an explosion. When they arrived, they found a man apparently shot dead in the foyer.

They began efforts to negotiate with the gunman who was holding a woman hostage in one of the apartments.

Crisp said the man spoken to by negotiators inside the building came out about 6pm local time and opened fire, hitting three police. They returned fire and killed him.

Two male officers were taken to hospital for treatment while another was treated at the scene. “We are extremely concerned about terrorism. Whenever there is any incident overseas it causes us to question what major events we have running … we are very attuned to the threat of terrorism here in Melbourne,” he said.

 

It is only a three hour plane ride from Australia to here…we should be echoing Theresa May…enough is enough.

Our politicians need to stop pussy-footing around with these ratbags and start acting to protect the population.

I’ve been warning New Zealand for years…people need to start paying attention.

We are at war, like it or not.

 

-NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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