A 29-year-old bus driver of Indian origin was burnt to death on Friday while sitting behind the wheel in a shocking and senseless attack in Australia’s Queensland state.
A 48-year-old man at the scene was arrested after he allegedly climbed aboard the bus in Brisbane before “throwing some type of incendiary device at the driver”, Xinhua news agency quoted Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart as saying in Brisbane.
“Sadly the driver, Manmeet Alishera, 29-year-old man, died as a result of his injuries,” Stewart said.
There is no evidence of any linkage to “terrorist type activities” or links to a racial motivation, Stewart said.
“While we don’t know the motivations at this stage, I want to reassure the community that we take these incidents very seriously,” Stewart said, adding counter-terror authorities were initially involved.
Local media reported that Manmeet Alisher was a beloved Indian singer and prominent figure in Brisbane’s Punjabi community.
He was described as a soft spoken, courteous and genuine man.