MELBOURNE ATTACK – PERPETRATORS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS HEINOUS CRIME SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE!
The modus operanti used by terrorists in several attacks around the world was again used on noncombatants!
Just analyzing these attacks from the 2014 Jerusalem tractor attack, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ramming attack in Canada, the Jerusalem vehicular attack, the second Jerusalem vehicular attack, the Alon Shvut stabbing attack in the West Bank, the Dijon attack in France, the Nantes attack again in France, the deadly silence and pause then another attack in 2016 Nice in France, the Ohio State University attack in the United States, the Berlin attack in Germany followed this year where Jerusalem was again the target followed by the Westminster attack in London, where some victims were thrown off Westminster Bridge by the ramming and again that deadly Stockholm attack in Sweden which was followed by another London Bridge attack in June, the Finsbury Park attack and the Champs-Élysées car ramming attack in Paris, Paris mosque attack, the Levallois-Perret attack, in France followed by the Charlottesville vehicle-ramming attack, the Barcelona, Edmonton and the New York City truck attack are all classic cases of a weaponized vehicle used to inflict maximum carnage!
This time in Melbourne, Australia where a car deliberately ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in the Australian city of Melbourne!
At the time of writing, I am advised there are 14 people injured.
The terrorist driver and his accomplice had been detained.
Though the Australian Police have yet to state the motive for the attack, it is by no means rocket science as it has the chilling echoes of several attacks by Islamist militants in various parts of the world over the past two years.
I was in the UK when two of those attacks took place there!
What I find quite strange is, in January this year four people were killed and more than 20 injured when a man deliberately drove into pedestrians at a spot just a few hundred meters away from this incident in Melbourne and we had claims that incident was not terrorism-related.
In today heinous crime, I trust the Police will have no difficulty in addressing what is clearly a deliberate act of terrorism!
With a witness account that the said vehicle used as a weapon to kill was traveling at 80 to 100 kph (50-62 mph)on Flinders Street, a major road that runs alongside the Yarra River, in the central business district of Melbourne which is a popular place and more so just days before Christmas, it is certain that this was no accident!
Reports indicate that the Police have arrested two men.
And I am indeed glad that based on the said DNA of this attack Victoria Police Commander Russell Barrett, has told reporters that they believe this was a deliberate act!
It is now very critical that Australia’s federal and state police, security and intelligence teams set up a task force to work together to secure the scene and investigate this tragedy!
There should be a comprehensive probe and all parties involved in this heinous act of terrorism, which includes those who aided, abetted, financed and had knowledge of this vicious attack be rounded up!
My heartfelt thoughts, prayers, vigil goes out to the victims, their families, the emergency and healthcare teams and those who continue to work round the clock to make certain that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice and others planning arrested and keeping all of us safe!