• A car deliberately rammed Christmas shoppers in Melbourne, Australia
• Nineteen people, including children, were injured
• The driver is an Australian citizen of Afghan descent
A car, driven by a 32-year-old Australian citizen, rammed Christmas shoppers in Melbourne on Thursday, December 21. At least nineteen people, including children, were injured; four of them in critical condition.
The ramming attack, as per ABC7, took place on Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station during the time the place was packed with commuters and Christmas shoppers.
An eyewitness said the white Suzuki Sports Utility Vehicle was travelling at about 100 kilometers per hour when it rammed the pedestrians.
“He just ploughed into the pedestrians and what stopped him was, I think, just the amount of pedestrians he’d mowed over. He came to a rest against the tram sign, and all you could hear was just ‘bang bang bang bang bang’ (of the car hitting pedestrians) and screams,” Jim Stoupas; the owner of a donut shop near the site of the incident.
Police said the attack was deliberate, but they see no evidence that it was linked to terrorism.
“At this time, we don’t have any evidence or intelligence to indicate a connection with terrorism,” acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said.
He added that the driver, an Australian citizen of Afghan descent, suffered from mental health issues.