Police in Australia said an Islamic who drove through pedestrians in Melbourne rambled about injustice towards Muslims and the Australian spy agency after he was arrested – but his motive remains unknown and he is believed to have acted alone.
As Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the “shocking” crime, more details emerged about the driver, Saeed Noori, a refugee from Afghanistan. Noori had a history of drug use and mental health problems.
Mr Turnbull said: “He [the driver] has said in a number of what the police are describing as ‘utterings’, he has said that he attributes his actions to perceived mistreatment of Muslims.”
Noori was captured on Thursday after he drove a white SUV into a crowd of pedestrians at 4.41pm at one of Melbourne’s busiest pedestrian crossings outside Flinders Street station, one of the city’s main transport hubs.
Nineteen people were injured, including three who remain in a critical condition. The injured included three South Korean tourists, as well as visitors from Ireland, China, Italy, India, Venezuela and New Zealand.