Yet police are still very reluctant to tie the attack to Islamic terrorism…probably because he didn’t have his ISIS membership card in his wallet. Nineteen people were injured in the incident, including the jihadi driver and an off-duty policeman who heroically wrestled him from the car where other officers arrested him.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Noori made utterances about voices, dreams and about why he drove the Suzuki SUV through the busy crowds.’Other dreams are about that he did this act because of perceived harms committed on Muslims around the world,’ he said.
Noori has since been transferred from hospital to a holding centre to be interrogated by police. The 32-year-old tried to hide his face with his cuffed hands while sitting between two detectives as he left Melbourne Police Station heading for the Custody Centre below the Magistrates Court.
The Afghan immigrant spent the previous 24 hours under police guard in hospital after crashing the white Suzuki Vitara into a tram stop bollard at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets.
Detectives were not able to interview him due to his injuries from the crash and a struggle with an off-duty police sergeant who heroically wrestled him from the car before other officers arrested him.
Mr Patton said there were no signs in Noori’s online activity that he planned the attack in advance, and that counter-terrorism specialists did not believe it was a terrorist attack. (Idiots)
‘We haven’t excluded [him being motivated by terrorism]. We haven’t seen any warning signs that there was any threat of violence,’ he said. He said Noori had a history of drug use and mental illness, stressing that investigators had not yet found any extremist or terrorist links to the horror rampage.
Investigators were still searching for a motive for Noori’s alleged ‘evil act’ and it was hoped a formal interview, likely followed by criminal charges, would shed some light on them.
Police said it did not appear to be a terrorist attack but raided two homes in Heidelberg West – where Noori lives – and Oak Park in Melbourne’s north on Thursday night, hours after the terrifying incident.
The family members present were reportedly cooperatives as forensics teams seized electronic items from the homes that police will comb through for clues about Noori’s motives.
‘At this stage nothing has been found to indicate a linkage to extremism, a terrorist organisation or anything of a terrorist nature,’ police told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
Noori arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2004 through a resettlement program, and had several run-ins with the law between 2008 and earlier this year.
‘He came to Australia as a refugee. He did not come with a people smuggler, he came through the appropriate refugee, the normal refugee programs,’ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.