ISIS claims responsibility for hostage-taking
ISIS has claimed responsibility for what authorities are referring to as an “act of terrorism.”
Part of Melbourne was in a state of siege as a gunman held a woman hostage in an apartment building. The Gunman was shot dead, and a worker was found dead at the scene. Three polices officers were wounded. Thankfully, the female hostage was rescued.
Here is what the Victoria State Police Commissioner said about the incident:
“We are treating it as an act of terrorism. We believe this person was there with those sorts of intentions, albeit we don’t know whether it was something planned or something spontaneous at this stage.”
According to Reuters, the ISIS Amaq news agency blamed the attack on Australia being part of the coalition against Islamic State.
There are also reports that the killer called a news agency and said the attack was “related” to ISIS.
Returning ISIS fighters
It seems like a broken record, but just like the UK and Canada, Australia knows some citizens are travelling abroad to fight for ISIS, and then they are foolishly letting them return, putting innocent people at risk.
It’s long past time for our leaders to start taking this threat seriously.
There is no time for complacency, as the threat appears to be rising around the world – including in Australia. According to Reuters, Australia has foiled 12 terror plots and arrested 63 potential terrorists since September of 2014.