Raghe Abdi (photo below), from Calamvale, was shot and killed by the police on the Logan Motorway outside Brisbane at about 6am on Thursday. Queensland Police say the terror-linked former student from John Paul College threatened officers with a knife before he was fatally shot.
Daily Mail (h/ Mikey M) Authorities are now investigating whether the man may be connected to an alleged murder of an elderly couple, found dead in their home. An 87-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman were discovered dead at an address on Ulinga Crescent at Parkinson in Brisbane’s south.
Police found their bodies with ‘significant injuries’ after conducting a welfare check at their home at approximately 3pm today. A crime scene has been established and Queensland Police say they are looking into a possible connection between the incidents.
The 22-year-oldMuslim was out on bail and had previously been arrested by counterterrorism officers. But his lawyer disputes allegations he held extremist views and has slammed authorities for painting him in a negative light.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford said the man’s bail conditions included wearing a GPS tracking device, which he appeared to have cut off prior to the shooting. ‘We were notified last night that there did appear to be some tampering with that tracking device,’ she said.
Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said the man was known to the Queensland joint counterterrorism team. The AFP suspect he had been influenced by Islamic State and he was arrested on suspicion of an attempted foreign incursion when trying to depart Brisbane Airport for Somalia in May 2019.
He was released without charge due to insufficient evidence but had his passport cancelled. In June 2019, he was charged with further offences including refusing to give the passcode for his phone.
He was remanded in custody after refusing to answer the magistrate or acknowledge the authority of the court, before being granted bail in September 2020.
Mr McCartney said the Queensland joint counterterrorism team opposed bail on the grounds he would interfere with witnesses, obstruct justice and fail to appear.