May 22, 2020 – 14 people have been treated on scene after a car slammed into a hijab store in Sydney, Australia on Thursday.
Footage from the scene of the crime shows the driver thrusting into the back of another car, pushing it out of his way, before accelerating across an intersection and into the store High Hijab in Greenacre, Sydney.
It is believed that the store was busy with customers shopping for Eid celebrations as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.
The store expressed their shock following the incident with a post on their Facebook page saying “the community is shaken and HH management is working to make sense of this tragedy.”
The perpetrator, who police say had a history of “traffic matters” was taken to the hospital under arrest where he underwent blood and urine tests, presumably for intoxicants. He was initially released after undergoing questioning at Bankstown police station but was rearrested following further inquiries.
The 51-year-old man has been formally charged with driving furiously in a motor vehicle to cause bodily harm, reckless driving, and negligent driving. Police say they are not considering the incident a hate crime, and the perpetrator has not been charged as such.
Hate crimes targeting Muslims in Australia are on the rise.
May 22, 2020 – Two men have been arrested for the murder of teenager Aya Hachem. Feroz Suleman, 39 and Abubakir Satia, 31, have been charged with murder and attempted murder. They are expected to appear at Magistrates’ Court on Saturday May 23.
The 19-year-old law student was shot dead in an alleged drive-by shooting in broad daylight last Sunday on her way to do grocery shopping in Blackburn, UK. Hachem died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
It’s reported that two shots were fired from a passing vehicle; the first hit a nearby building while the second hit and killed Aya. Lancashire police do not believe Aya was the intended target of the attack.
The charge for murder was for Hachem’s death and the attempted murder charge for the man police believe was the intended target.
Eight other men and two women from Blackburn remain held in custody, in connection with Aya Hachem’s death.
Detective Superintendent Andy Cribbin has said: “While we have now charged people in connection with Aya’s murder our enquiries are very much on-going.”
“I would like to thank those who have come forward to assist with our investigation so far and to continue to encourage people to come and speak to us if they have information.”
Anybody in the UK with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 0412 of May 18th, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (crimestoppers-uk.org/).
May 22, 2020 – A Pakistan International Airlines plane flying from Lahore, Pakistan, has crashed into residences in the Model Colony area of Karachi.
The Airbus A320 plane was carrying approximately 99 passengers and eight crew members, according to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority. While approaching Jinnah International Airport, the pilot attempted to land the plane multiple times prior to crashing into houses in the residential Model Colony area. Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation informed reporters that so far, 45 bodies have been pulled from the crash site, though it is uncertain whether the victims were passengers of the plane or residents of Model Colony.
It’s also reported that around 30 residents of the damaged houses were hospitalized, mostly with burn wounds. At least three people have survived including the President of the Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masood.
Though the cause of the crash has yet to be determined, Pakistan International Airlines CEO Arshad Malik stated that the pilot had informed traffic control that the plane had experienced technical difficulties. Pakistan’s Dunya News obtained a recording of the traffic control conversation, in which the pilot says they had “lost two engines” followed by multiple calls of “mayday” before the communication ends.
Multiple eyewitnesses told BBC News that they heard people screaming and saw fire and smoke rising from three houses that had collapsed due to the plane. A resident of Model Colony told Ary News that the plane’s wings were on fire, crashing into the rooftops of a number of houses before crash landing.
It is reported that at least 25 houses have been damaged by the plane; at least six fire engines were on scene with more arriving. A Pakistani army spokesperson also said that specialist rescue teams had been flown into a nearby city, and military ambulances were aiding in the rescue operation.
In response to the crash, the government of Sindh which governs Karachi declared a state of emergency in all major Karachi hospitals. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed sadness and shock over the crash, sending his prayers and condolences to the families of the deceased. He stated that assisting the rescue and relief teams on the ground are a priority, followed by an “immediate inquiry” into the crash.
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.
The flight departed only a few days after Pakistan loosened restrictions on domestic commercial flights that were put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The crash comes only days before the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, with many people travelling between cities in anticipation of the holiday.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. Our prayers are with the victim’s families.