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Den somaliske innvandreren Yacqub Khayre (29) var gisseltakeren som drepte en mann og selv ble skutt og drept av politiet i Melbourne. Saken etterforskes som terror etter at IS har påtatt seg ansvaret.

Khayre ble i november prøveløslatt fra en dom på over fem år for et brutalt hjemmeran. Han var i 2009 også tiltalt for terrorplanlegging, men politisjef Graham Ashton i Melbourne avviser at det var grunn til bekymring.

Politiet ble kalt inn etter at det ble meldt om en eksplosjon i blokka ved Bay Street i Brighton nær Melbourne, der de fant en mann skutt og drept i lobbyen. Khayre holdt en kvinne som gissel, og etter å ha forsøkt å forhandle med gisseltakeren stormet politifolkene bygget og skjøt mannen til døde. Det hele stod på i to timer.

Khayre hadde et langt rulleblad, og var blant annet tiltalt for å ha planlagt et terrorangrep mot en australsk militærbase, noe han ble frifunnet for.

A 29-year-old Somalian immigrant was shot dead by police after he killed one man and took a female hostage at a hotel in Brighton, a Melbourne suburb, June 5. He also injured three police officers that responded to the incident.

Yacqub Khayre was identified as the suspect in the horrific ordeal. Khayre had a longstanding criminal record in the country, which included a violent burglary in 2012 in which he was sentenced to over five years in prison. He was also acquitted in a trial where it was alleged that he was plotting a terrorist attack at an Australian army base.

ISIS has reportedly claimed that Khayre was a soldier and carried out the attack in response to appeals that targeted nationals of the coalition countries.

Yacqub Khayre skal ha ringt en nyhetskanal i Melbourne og sagt «This is for IS, and this is for al-Qaeda».

Channel 7 said that in the brief call, a woman, believed to be the hostage, could be heard screaming frantically in the background.

Gisselet ble reddet uskadd fra situasjonen, men tre politifolk ble såret. Ingen av dem har imidlertid livstruende skader, heter det i en uttalelse fra politiet i Victoria.

Tirsdag bekrefter politiet at de mener det er snakk om terror, etter at ekstremistgruppa IS har hevdet å stå bak.

Yacqub Khayre ble tiltalt for terror i allerede i 2009:

In 2009, he was charged and acquitted after he planned a suicide attack against Sydney’s Holsworthy army. If successful, Khayre planned to use high-powered weapons with others to kill as many Australian soldiers at the base as possible.

An investigation found that money was being transferred from Australia to the Somalian terrorist group known as al-Shabaab. The money trail led authorities to the suspects, and their plan was foiled.

At his 2010 trial, however, Khayre’s attorneys argued that he was “looking for religious enlightenment” and had no plan to go through with an attack.

Five men, including Khayre, were arrested in connection with the terror plot. Their names are Saney Edow Aweys, Nayef El Sayed, Abdirahman Ahmed and Wissam Mahmoud Fattal.

The jury acquitted him and a co-defendant. Three other men were convicted in the plot and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

I 2012 ble han dømt til fem og et halvt års fengsel for et voldelig hjemmeran, men slapp ut etter tre år.

Statsminister Malcolm Turnbull stiller nå spørsmål ved at mannen ble prøveløslatt. Til det svarer politisjef Graham Ashton:

– Dette var ikke en mann vi hadde store bekymringer for, og vi hadde ingen informasjon som tydet på at han planla dette.

Ingen informasjon? Mannen var terrortiltalt i 2009 og dømt for et brutalt hjemmeran i 2012. Man tar seg i å lure på hva slags informasjon som skal til for at politiet skal bekymre seg.

Yacqubs onkel omtalte ham som en «respectable, disciplined boy who was nice to others and did well at school»:

That lasted until he was around 12, when his grandfather died. He was a major influence in Yacqub’s life, and his schoolwork started to deteriorate after that.

One time, Yacqub stole his uncle’s car, and soon enough he rarely saw him anymore. Ibrahim said that he now “regrets bringing his family to Australia.”

When he was 21-years old, Yacqub allegedly returned to Somalia to attend a camp. His uncle told The Sydney Morning Herald that’s where he thinks “weapons and military training may have happened.”

Australske myndigheter sier de er bekymret for den økende terrortrusselen i landet. De opplyser å ha forhindret tolv angrep og pågrepet over 60 personer siden trusselnivået ble hevet i september 2014. Siden da har det vært registrert fire terrorangrep i Australia, inkludert drapet på en politibetjent i Sydney i 2015, utført av en 15-åring.

 

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