Here’s what we know, the police station is a well-known target of jihadis, and has previously received letters threatening attacks on ‘non-Muslims’ and pictures of severed heads.
The attacker “is known to police but is not believed to have any known links to a terrorist organisation.” If he is a devout Muslim adhering to pure Islam, he is a member of a terrorist organization.
The Sydney Morning Herald tweeted to say that, according to a police source, the incident was a “very deliberate attack” on the police station.
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Channel 7 News tweeted: “Merrylands: It is believed a threat was made at the police station that there would be a large explosion.”
Terror attack on Sydney police station after a man drives a car packed with gas bottles into the building before setting himself on fire
Man drove car filled with gas, petrol bottles into Merrylands police station
Police sources have confirmed it was an attempted terror attack
The driver of the car, who set himself on fire, is known to the police
He is not believed to have any known links to a terrorist organisation
The man has been taken to Westmead Hospital with minor burns
Witnesses said there was a strong burning smell, were told to leave area
By Ashleigh Davis and Brianne Tolj For Daily Mail Australia and Aap, July 21, 2016:21 July 2016
A man has driven a car filled with gas and petrol bottles into a Sydney police station carpark on Thursday night in an attempted terror attack.
The man, who is known to police, set himself on fire but the gas bottles did not explode after he rammed the vehicle into the underground carpark of Merrylands police station in western Sydney.
The man is in his 60s and police described it as ‘a very deliberate attack’.
A police source said it was an attempted terror attack and the man was arrested about 8pm after the incident occurred at 7pm.
The station is a well-known target of radicalised Muslims, and has previously received letters threatening attacks on ‘non-Muslims’ and pictures of severed heads.
The man is known to police but is not believed to have any known links to a terrorist organisation.
A man drove a car filled with gas bottles (pictured) into a Sydney police station carpark on Thursday night in an attempted terror attack