As Twitchy reported early Thursday, a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent was arrested after targeting Christmas shoppers with his car. Both the driver and a second man, who was photographing the aftermath of the attack and who also reportedly had three knives on him, were arrested.

Police initially said there was no evidence that the incident was terror-related and that the driver had a history of mental health issues.

However, later in the day, police said the suspect was motivated by “perceived mistreatment of Muslims” but had no known links to any terrorist groups.

So the man of Afghan descent who drove his car into a crowd of Christmas shoppers because he was upset about mistreatment of Muslims still doesn’t count as a terrorist.


‘Deliberate act’: Christmas shoppers attacked in Melbourne; ‘Up to 19’ injured; Driver is ‘Australian citizen of Afghan descent’