Rappler.com reports: “A Somali-born Australian who went on a deadly knife rampage in the country’s second-largest city Melbourne was inspired by Islamic State but did not have a direct link to the jihadist group, the government said on Sunday, November 11. Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed to death well-known local cafe co-owner Sisto Malaspina and injured two other men in Bourke Street in the heart of Melbourne on Friday afternoon before he was shot and killed by police. The 30-year-old had gone to the bustling city in a utility vehicle filled with gas cylinders before setting it ablaze. Islamic State (ISIS) said via its propaganda arm that Shire Ali was an “Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation”, but provided no evidence to back its claim.
“‘In relation to his connections with ISIL (another name for ISIS) or with any terrorist group…there’s not, as I’m advised, a membership of an organization or a definite link to ISIL,’ Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told reporters in Brisbane. ‘The working theory is at the moment a case where this person has been downloading information or receiving messages in his own mind about what he should be doing. It’s inspired as opposed to affiliation or membership.'”