Incident Summary:

06/05/2017: An assailants took a sex worker hostage at the Buckingham Serviced Apartments on Bay Street in Brighton, Victoria, Australia. At least two people, including the assailant, were killed and three Victoria Police officers were injured in the incident. The hostage was released a few hours later. Yacqub Khayre claimed responsibility and stated that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida.




Australasia & Oceania

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Location Details:
The incident occurred on Bay street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Victoria Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Australia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Sex Worker
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Khayre's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed. Furthermore, Khayre had previous been linked to Al-Shabaab. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Australia police regard Melbourne attack as 'act of terrorism'," Jerusalem Post, June 5, 2017.
"REFUGEE TO JIHAD," The Daily Telegraph (Australia), June 7, 2017.
"Weakling, deserter and a jihadi of convenience," The Australian, June 7, 2017.