19 pedestrians, including a toddler, have been injured after two Muslim terrorists ‘deliberately’ ploughed a car into rush hour crowds amid chaotic scenes in the heart of Melbourne.
Two Muslim terrorists ploughed a white Suzuki SUV into the group of panicked commuters and shoppers at the corner of Melbourne’s busy Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street at 4.41pm on Thursday.
At least 19 people, one in a serious condition, were taken to hospital including a pre-school aged child with serious head injuries.
Two bearded Muslim terrorists in the vehicle have been arrested and are in police custody.
Footage shows one of the terrorists in a white shirt with a beard being pulled to the gutter away from the vehicle.
The second terrorist in a red checked shirt, also with a beard, was arrested a short time later.
An eye-witness described seeing the car hurtling towards the crowd.
She told radio station 3AW: ‘It just mowed everybody down, people were flying everywhere.
‘We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere.’
The terror attack comes almost a year after the Bourke Street Mall massacre in which a Muslim terrorist screaming ‘allahu akbar’ rammed a car into pedestrians and police said it was not terror-related.
The 32-year-old Muslim terrorist driving the SUV was known to police and was arrested at the scene.
The driver, who is an Australian citizen, is under police guard at hospital with shoulder and hand injuries.
Victoria Police said the Muslim terrorist has a history of drug use, criminal history with a minor assault in 2010 and is on a mental health plan.
A second 24-year-old Muslim terrorist, with a bag of three knives in his possession, was arrested but police believe he had no link to the terror attack.
‘Clarity on the second offender that is in custody, it has not yet been determined whether he was involved, and it is quite probable he was not,’ Acting Commissioner Shane Patton said.
The 24-year-old Muslim terrorist was seen filming the rampage.
Victoria Police believe the terror attack has no link to terror-related attacks.
‘We do not have any evidence to a connection with terrorism,’ Acting Commissioner Patton said.
‘At this stage we believe it is a deliberate act, however we do not know the motivation.’