Muslim leaders have demanded an apology from Prime Minister Scott Morrison for describing radical Islam as Australia’s greatest threat in the wake of the recent Melbourne terrorist attack by an ISIS-supporting Somali Muslim.
Daily Mail Mr Morrison made the comments after Somali terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, crashed an SUV loaded with gas cylinders into the Bourke Street City Centre. igniting the vehicle into a ball of flames before fatally stabbing Italian-born cafe owner Sisto Malaspina and subsequently being shot dead by police.
‘We would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat to religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam,’ the Prime Minister told reporters.
Mr Morrison said he could not speak of Friday’s car bomb attack in Melbourne, which left an innocent man dead and two others stabbed, without calling out the threat of ‘radical, violent, extremist Islam’ behind it.
"He was a radical, extremist terrorist who took a knife to another Australian because he'd been radicalised in this country. We can't give him excuses." – @ScottMorrisonMP on the Bourke Street attacker. #Studio10 pic.twitter.com/pOI1vhiyPg
— Studio 10 (@Studio10au) November 11, 2018