Days Before He Stabbed Officers, Numan Haider Issued Chilling Warning To Police, Inquest Told

Numan Haider was shot dead at the Endeavour Hills police station after injuring two police officers with a knife.
Numan Haider was shot dead at the Endeavour Hills police station after injuring two police officers with a knife.
The Melbourne teenager who stabbed two officers before being shot dead, told police five days before his death that they would “pay” for counter-terrorism arrests, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the death of 18-year-old Numan Haider, who attacked with a knife a Victorian police officer and an AFP officer outside the Endeavour Hills police station on September 23, 2014, began in the Coroners Court on Monday.

Coroner John Olle was told counter-terrorism police were monitoring Haider over concerns he had become radicalised and posed a risk to politicians.

He was regularly attending the controversial Al-Furqan Islamic Centre, the court heard, and was also being investigated by ASIO after applying to have his passport renewed.

Rachel Ellyard, the counsel assisting the coroner, told the court that on September 18, 2014, amid the publicity of anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane, Haider waved a Shahada flag at police at Dandenong Plaza.

When police approached him, Ms Ellyard said,  Haider told them he was “not going to blow up the shopping centre today”, and had nothing against the police officers personally, but had problems with the Australian government.

The court heard Haider told the officers: “You will pay for what happened in Brisbane and Sydney today.”

Read more: The Age.

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