Australian PM says Melbourne siege ‘a terrorist attack’

Yacqub Khayre walks from a court appearance in Melbourne, Australia in this December 23, 2010 picture. Police on June 5, 2017, shot dead Yacqub Khayre after he held a woman hostage inside an apartment building in Melbourne. Picture taken December 23, 2010. AAP/Julian Smith/via REUTERS

Senior officials confirmed that Khayre had been acquitted of a plot to attack a Sydney army base in 2009 and was on parole for a violent home invasion at the time of Monday’s siege.