/ 29 June 2021

Horror on Bourke Street a terrorist attack

An inquest into the knife attack on Melbourne’s Bourke Street in 2018 yesterday ruled it a ‘premeditated’ act of terrorism. Inspired by Islamic State attacks, 30yo Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed and injured 2 people and murdered Sisto Malaspina (the beloved owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar) before he was shot dead by police. Yesterday, State Coroner John Cain said the use of lethal force by officers was justified, but he condemned intelligence agencies for missing opportunities that may have prevented the attack. A 2020 inquest found Ali was flagged as a national security threat 3 years before the attack, but there was confusion about who was monitoring him. The inquest laid out 6 recommendations, including on better information sharing between agencies.

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