Police in Sydney, Australia say they’re familiar with a suspect who reportedly drove a car loaded with gas canisters into a parking garage beneath Merrylands police and lit himself on fire. The man, in his 60s, was taken from the scene with minor burns after setting himself on fire in what sources are calling an attempted terror attack.
#BREAKING: Police sources have told the ABC there has been an attempted terror attack directed against a western Sydney police station.
— Siobhan Fogarty (@Siobhan_Fogarty) July 21, 2016
— TEN News Sydney (@TenNewsSydney) July 21, 2016
Major police operation under way in Sydney after man drove car laden with gas cylinders into police station car park pic.twitter.com/iii5eEjgRQ
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 21, 2016
Update – #Sydney police sources described incident in which man drove car laden with gas cylinders into car park as attempted terror attack
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) July 21, 2016
The Daily Mail Australia has a quick summary of what is known so far.
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) July 21, 2016
The Daily Mail reports that the police station “is a well-known target of radicalised Muslims, and has previously received letters threatening attacks on ‘non-Muslims’ and pictures of severed heads.”