Melbourne Siege

A trembling woman could be heard on the line when 7 News Melbourne chief of staff Nicole Bland answered the call at 5.41pm.

“I heard a woman on there, clearly very distressed, she was speaking very quickly,” Ms Bland told 7 News Online.

“I was almost in the process of hanging up, I just couldn’t understand her.

“Then a man’s voice came on and he said ‘this is the Brighton hostage’.”

At this point, Ms Bland thought the call might have been coming from a witness before the man announced his allegiance to the terrorist group.

“This is for IS, this is for Al-Qaeda,” Ms Bland recalled.

“She (the hostage) was distressed, screaming or yelling something in the background.

“I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing so I asked him to repeat what he said.”

“I asked for more information, where are you, who are you, what can you see?”

After repeating the line the man, now confirmed as Somali national Yacqub Khayre, ended the call.



  • Martin B

    Somalis spread vibrancy wherever they go.

    • Alain

      They never add anything positive wherever they go, which is what the globalists/leftists call diversity.

  • Frances

    Another from the very large pack of “lone wolves”.

  • Clausewitz

    At this moment the Police are searching for clues as to what triggered this event……..

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Khayre was convicted of a number of violent crimes since walking free from the Holsworthy drama and had recently done jail time.
    Khayre was released from prison last year and had been on parole since.”

    Does anybody, anywhere, have a functional counter terrorism service anymore?

    • Watchman

      Short of incarceration for the Duration (of the war between islam and everyone else), i.e. lifetime detention, it’s difficult. Since only one side thinks there is a war going on, the authorities treat this as a criminal or mental health issue that needs deterrence for criminal activity, and not for ideological imperatives and beliefs.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Even if they don’t hold on to him forever, they could have at least deported his ass.

    • Old Guy

      And here in the great white north we’re going to make it easier for terrorists to apply there trade.

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  • Brett_McS

    The individual members of the parole board should be made to make restitution to the victim’s family. Maybe they would think twice about their virtuous decisions next time.

    • shasta

      They should face the same charges of those re-offenders that they have released prematurely. The same for the mental health professionals who let the nutters out because they are “cured”, they should be held libel for any bad consequences.

  • Watchman

    Australians should be concerned. Despite his history of religious acts and violence, “He was recently paroled, sources have told the Herald Sun, and was rated as a low-risk person of interest by anti-terror police.”

    Makes you wonder about the danger to Australians of those on the ‘high risk’ list.

  • BillyHW

    Quakers again?