Fortunately, other media sources identified the knifeman as Middle Eastern and speaking Arabic, which virtually assures that he is a Muslim…but they still aren’t showing you his face or providing his name, even though he is in custody. No mention of terrorism either. Wouldn’t want to give people a bad image of Muslims, now would we?
Daily Mail A ranting, knife-wielding man who shut down Australia’s Brisbane airport during a violent rampage has been charged with numerous offenses. The 50-year-old man of Middle eastern origin has been charged with contravening a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and seriously assaulting police.
The man allegedly yelled in Arabic and claimed to have a bomb on the night, which led to the airport being evacuated and police being called in. He also allegedly chased a woman through the terminal while holding a knife, as terrified screams rang out from other travellers.
He’s also facing charges of pretending to plan to damage or destroy a government-owned air facility, making a bomb hoax, and common assault. The man, an Australian resident who is believed to be from the Middle East, was taken into custody from the airport after he was shot with a beanbag round.
Yet Queensland Police were quick to say the incident was “not terror related.”
The man’s wife, mother-in-law and two children were reportedly planning to leave Brisbane when the incident unfolded.Images released of the homemade device showed a black box with a yellow rectangle containing a screen secured to the top. Wires were seen around the box, with some seen coming out of it.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the design of the box: ‘Indicates the extraordinary lengths a person has gone to, to create a perception of risk, threat and fear’. The man, who has not yet been named, is known to police.
A woman wearing a hijab could be heard screaming for help as a man chased her, Boon Heng Ong told the Courier Mail. ‘They were heading towards outside the airport, and then he just pulled out the knife. It was quite big, 15-20 cm,’ they alleged.
‘He stopped running and turned around and walked back to a table in the food court. He grabbed something out of his luggage. It was a black box like a small toolbox.’
The man was recorded by fearful onlookers holding a metal box with exposed wiring. He had allegedly claimed to be carrying a bomb. Travellers had to flee as police evacuated the building, forcing flights and connecting trains to come to a sudden halt.
After the airport was evacuated, officers examined the suspicious device the man had allegedly claimed was a bomb, but found it to be non-suspicious.