A muslim hate crime related to religion? Sikhs are perpetual targets of muslims. Dousing him in flammable liquid is an indication (it can also be an unknown dispute within his own community).
The fact that Australian police considered to view it as an act of terror, but decided it was not terrorism, should give a hint who the perpetrator may be. No names, of course, mentioned…
Bus driver dead after a passenger ‘threw an incendiary device at him’ causing the vehicle to EXPLODE
- Manmeet Alisher killed after passenger doused him in flammable liquid
- 29-year-old driver was pulled up to a stop when passenger, 48, boarded
- He poured flammable liquid on him and set him alight just after 9am
- Queensland bus was on Beaudesert Rd in Moorooka, south of Brisbane
- Alleged offender in custody and police said there is no apparent motive
- Almost a dozen others were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation
A bus driver has been killed in a ‘senseless’ attack after a passenger ‘threw an incendiary device’ at him and set him alight in Brisbane.
The bus was travelling along a main road in Moorooka, south of the city centre, on Friday just after 9am when driver Manmeet Alisher, 29, pulled into a stop to allow three more passengers on board, including a man, 48, who police allege started the fire.
Queensland’s police commissioner Ian Stewart said there was no apparent motive for the horrific attack.
A local taxi driver has been hailed a ‘hero’ after he busted down the back door of the bus to allow the six terrified passengers, including three children, escape the inferno.
He said after the front of the bus exploded the driver ran out ‘covered in flames, head to toe’.
‘The people were kicking the window and screaming at me to open the door,’ Aguek Nyok told the Brisbane Times.
Mr Nyok said the six passengers on board were desperately trying to open the rear doors as the front of bus was engulfed in flames.
‘Even when the door opened it kept trying to close on me and it was so, so hot in there,’ he said.
He said the alleged offender was the first person to get off the bus after suffering minor burns himself and appeared to be ‘shaken’.
Superintendent Jim Keogh addressed the media from the scene just after 11am Brisbane time and said they had the 48-year-old man in custody.
He said the ‘compliant’ man was waiting at the scene for officers and believes it was a completely ‘random attack’ with no apparent motive.
‘Words escape me. It’s a horrific incident,’ he said.
‘A bus driver going about doing his business, supporting the community and has taken his life from him in a senseless and needless act’.
He said Mr Alisher stood little chance of survival as the fire was ‘substantial’.
Mr Alisher was a casual worker and it was his second week on the job.
Superintendent Keogh said officers do not believe the incident was an act of terrorism and officers have also ruled out robbery as a potential motive.
Police are working to notify the driver’s family of the death.
Firefighters managed to contain the blaze on Mayfield Road by 9.20am and 11 people were treated on the side of the road by paramedics for smoke inhalation.
They were later taken to hospital as a precaution.
After the 48-year-old man was taken into custody, homicide detectives shut down the street to launch their investigation.
Onlooker Julie Meadley said she saw a mother and child banging on the door from inside the bus when onlookers, including Mr Nyok, jumped into action to pry the doors open.
After the attack, Rail, Tram and Bus Union Queensland state secretary Tom Brown said grief counsellors would be available for other drivers, but many will be ‘too upset to work’.
The fire was completely extinguished by firefighters by 9.20am
Queensland police confirmed they were responding to a serious incident involving a vehicle on fire at a bus station on the road.