We’re not going to get a bit of the truth out of the Australian police or mainstream media about today’s arson on a bus driver down under.
Whether a demented nonwhite immigrant or an abo, the truth about the attacker will have to come out through Internet forums and chat rooms from people on the ground in Australia.
A BUS diver was killed in a “senseless, needless” random attack when he was allegedly covered in a flammable liquid and burned alive.
The shocking incident happened just after 9am local time in the south Brisbane suburb of Moorooka.
Police alleged a 48-year-old entered the TransLink bus while it was stopped on Beaudesert Rd and doused the 29-year-old driver in the liquid and set him alight.
Queensland Superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters: “There is no apparent motive. We’re not alleging robbery — this is the senseless, needless taking of a life going about supporting the community by providing transport.”
The attack was not terrorism-related, but police were stunned by how sudden and brutal it was.
“It would appear random.”
The alleged attacker was “compliant” with officers who arrested him. He was taken to hospital to be treated for minor burns and was on Friday afternoon being spoken to by Homicide detectives.
“The bus pulled in for the purpose of picking up passengers at the stop, there were six people on board at the time,” Mr Keogh said.
“It was at that time that one of the passengers boarding the bus entered the bus, poured a flammable liquid on the driver and was set alight.”
Asked if there was any suggestion the two men knew each other, Mr Keogh said there was nothing to suggest a connection.
Supt Keogh said it was a “horrific incident” that had shattered the quiet suburb of Moorooka and “words escaped” him how awful it was.
Six “deeply traumatised” passengers have been taken to hospital to be assessed, mainly for minor injuries like smoke inhalation.
They were lucky to escape with their lives from the “substantial” fire. Some were already on the bus and others were at the bus stop where the arrested man had been waiting.
One woman was so upset she couldn’t even talk to rescuers.
A taxi driver told The Courier Mailhe busted down the back door of a bus to allow passengers to escape the inferno.
Aguek Nyok, a local cab driver that had stopped to get a haircut, said he saw the bus erupt into flames.
“Literally as I pulled up I saw and heard the front of the bus explode and a guy ran out and he was covered in flames, head to toe,” he said.
“All the people were at the back trying to get out of the bus but they couldn’t get out the front because of the flames.”
Mr Keogh said the driver’s actions were “heroic at the very least” and he praised the response by others who tried desperately to help.
Other onlookers said they could hear terrified screams coming from the bus.
A shop owner tried to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher but the fire kept starting again — and the driver was still trapped inside.
The fire was eventually extinguished by 10am.