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Australian Police say Melbourne Knife Attacker was Radicalized but had No Direct Contact with ISIS

  • Australian police said on Saturday that the person who fatally stabbed a person and also set fire on a gas cylinder laden truck in the center of Melbourne has been identified as a Somali-born 30-year-old man named Hassan Khalif Shire Ali. Police said that he was inspired by the Islamic State terror outfit but didn’t have direct links with ISIS. Reports say, in 2015 Hassan’s Australian passport was canceled after an intelligence report found that he was planning to travel to Syria. However, he was not being considered a security threat after an assessment concluded that he only had radical views and was not harmful enough. Ian McCartney, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Australian Federal Police, said that the knife attacker was definitely radicalized but didn’t have direct contact with ISIS.