Melbourne attacker ploughed into crowd of pedestrians because of 'treatment of Muslims'

Elias Hubbard
December 26, 2017

The Afghan refugee has a history of drug use and mental illness and reportedly suffered an addiction to ice, a highly purified form of methamphetamine which can cause depression and anxiety.

Shakiba Jalaly yesterday revealed her son, Saeed Noori, has struggled with a three-year battle with substance abuse.

The alleged driver was arrested by an off-duty police officer.

"Eighteen people were injured and three remain in a critical condition in hospital", he said.

The man, who was wrestled from the auto by an off-duty police officer, was due to undergo a psychiatric assessment later Friday and is yet to be formally interviewed.

Police said they "saturated the CBD area in the vicinity of Flinders, Elizabeth and Swanston streets to ensure community safety".

"But at this stage, because investigations are continuing, apart from that statement, there are no known links to any political issues, or any links to extremist groups, and I am advised at the moment that no terrorism link has been identified".

He is expected to undergo psychiatric assessment and to be interviewed by police Friday afternoon.

He was seen filming the collision and allegedly had knives in his bag.

Nine foreign nationals are among 19 people who were injured after a white Suzuki SUV was deliberately driven into people, police said. "The motivations are unknown", Victoria Police Commander Russell Barrett said.

Mr Leane said Mr Noori later made comments about Australia's top security body and Allah.

He said it was not his job to "jump to conclusions" and said labelling the attack as terrorism was a job for the police.

"This was a despicable and cowardly act", Turnbull said.

Police detain a man after the Flinders Street incident.

Pedestrians walk past as police and emergency services attend the scene of an incident involving a vehicle and pedestrians in Melbourne.

CCTV footage shows the white auto pull out of traffic and onto the tracks, accelerating into the crowd of Christmas shoppers before crashing into a bollard.

Police said the other overseas victims came from China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland, and New Zealand, with the city full of tourists for the festive season.

Police raided homes in West Heidelberg and Oak Park on Thursday night.

Mr Patton says the driver was on a mental health plan, but missed a scheduled appointment on Thursday morning.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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