‘This is for IS’: Journalist tells Ross and John of her chilling phone call
Police say they’ve made significant headway with further updates expected this morning, as parts of Brighton remain in lockdown following Monday night’s terror incident.
Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Brighton attack, claiming online the gunman was one of its soldiers.
A man was killed and a woman taken hostage, the gunman calling Channel Seven, swearing allegiance to IS and Al Qaeda, before going down in a shootout with police.
Three male special operations group officers suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
The gunman has been named by the Herald Sun as Yacqub Khayre, acquitted for a terror plot in 2009 but believed to be on parole for violent offences.
Deputy police commissioner Andrew Crisp couldn’t confirm the man’s identity, also saying police were trying to identify the other man killed, as well as woman taken hostage.
The alleged gunman contacted the media at the height of the rampage.
Channel 7 news chief of staff Nicole Bland has told 3AW’s Ross and John she took a call from a woman and then heard a man, now believed to be the dead gunman.
“I was asking questions: Who are you? Where are you? What can you see” Nicole told 3AW Breakfast.
“This time the man’s voice came on very clearly…
‘This is for IS, this is for Al Qaeda’
Nicole said she has given statement to police, who confirm the phone call came from the building where the incident occurred.
“I’m just glad that the woman is safe and none of the police seem to be seriously injured.”
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