Stop me if you’ve heard this one, PJ Media readers. There was a terror attack in Melbourne, Australia, and the suspect was already known to authorities.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 5, 2017
Khayre "was known by counter-terrorism police & had been on parole" + "involved in failed plot" on military base:https://t.co/uf4KphZgzT
— Thomas Joscelyn (@thomasjoscelyn) June 6, 2017
Yep, another “Known Wolf.”
The attack occurred yesterday morning when Yacqub Khayre took a hostage in an apparent attempt to lure police into his position.
BREAKING: Hostage situation unfolding in Brighton, heavily armed police surrounded an apartment building. @PaulDowsley with the details. pic.twitter.com/xQrws9QGqt
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) June 5, 2017
Brighton hostage drama: police investigate terror link to deadly siege. 3 officers with gunshot wounds. https://t.co/nT9HLwaeih
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 5, 2017
Khayre had previously been charged and acquitted in a suicide bombing terror plot, and later arrested for a home invasion. It appears he was out on parole at the time of yesterday’s attack, only having served three years of a five-year sentence.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 5, 2017
The Associated Press reported:
A gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base years earlier, police said Tuesday. Three police officers were wounded.
The siege Monday at an apartment building in a Melbourne suburb was being treated as an act of terror, but Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the gunman appeared to have acted alone and not as part of any ongoing plot or threat.
“There is nothing that we’ve found thus far that would suggest to us that this was anything that was … planned or done in concert with others,” Ashton said.
The gunman, Yacqub Khayre, 29, was one of two men acquitted by a jury in 2010 of plotting a suicide attack in Sydney. Three people were convicted of conspiracy for that plot, which police thwarted before it could be executed.
Khayre, a Somali refugee, served prison sentences for arson and violent crimes unrelated to extremism before being paroled in November, Ashton said.
Despite his role in a previous terror plot, authorities had deemed him “low risk.”
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) June 5, 2017
ISIS later claimed credit for the attack:
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) June 5, 2017
Initially, authorities were dismissive of the claim.
Police commissioner very dismissive of ISIS claim of responsibility for #Brighton
"It's the sort of thing they jump up and say a lot"
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) June 5, 2017
But Prime Minister Trumbull has declared the incident a terror attack:
The Australian siege that left 2 men killed and 3 police officers wounded was a terror attack, PM Turnbull declared https://t.co/C4rALPKrKG
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 6, 2017
— Economic Times (@EconomicTimes) June 6, 2017
The Associated Press reported further:
Khayre spoke about al-Qaida in phone calls to police and to Seven Network television, and Ashton said the gunman possibly had plotted to lure police into an ambush. But it was too early to know if the gunman set out to target police or “seized the opportunity he thought was presented to him last evening,” Ashton said.
No doubt they’ll search endlessly for a motive.
This seems to be a great question to ask following this incident:
— CounterJihad (@CounterJihadUS) June 6, 2017
Just this weekend I was noting that one of the London attackers was already known to UK authorities.
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 4, 2017
This has become the rule, not the exception, in virtually all of these terror attacks targeting Western countries.
Nor is this the first time that two “Known Wolf” attacks have occurred so close together.
5 Days and 2 'Known Wolf' Terror Attacks, Yet No Apparent Concern from Western Govts — How Many More Must Die? https://t.co/bYMXtsh0o2
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) March 23, 2017
The phenomenon has become ubiquitous, and yet virtually no action has been taken on the part of any government.
After the Manchester attack last month, MI5 decided it would investigate itself.
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) May 30, 2017
The New York Post recently noted that 12 of the 14 Islamic terror attacks during Obama’s presidency were by “Known Wolf” terrorists.
Terrorists don't go from thought to action overnight https://t.co/CTKhKsBdDa
— New York Post (@nypost) May 27, 2017
Until there is an acknowledgement that this problem is real, the attacks by “Known Wolf” suspects will inevitably continue.
When a system is failing, repeating the same mistakes is bound to produce the same results. And in this case, that means more dead citizens on the watch of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Below, find Poole’s prior coverage of the “Known Wolf” scandal:
Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome
June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities
May 23, 2017: Manchester Bomber Is Yet Another “Known Wolf”