Elderly couple murdered in ‘terrorism incident’ in Australia – New York Post

An elderly couple in Australia was killed in a “terrorism incident” carried out by a knife-wielding man who was later shot dead by police, officials said Friday.

The bodies of Maurice Anthill, 87, and Zoe Anthill, 86, were found in their Brisbane home Thursday — hours after the suspect, Raghe Abdi, 22, was killed by police.

Abdi — who was out on bail — threatened cops with a knife before he was fatally shot on a highway on the outskirts of Brisbane.

Queensland state Police Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford declined to detail how the octogenarian couple died but said homicide detectives found evidence that Abdi had been inside the house.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Abdi was a known extremist who acted alone.

“We had no choice but to declare this as a terrorism incident,” Carroll told reporters.

The ISIS-influenced killer was arrested in May 2019 on suspicion that he was trying to join extremists when he attempted to depart Brisbane Airport for Somalia.

He was released without charge due to insufficient evidence, but his passport was canceled.

Abdi faced more charges a month later, including refusing to give detectives the passcode for his phone.

He was free on bail and had been forced to wear a GPS tracking device — which he’d cut off before he was shot.

With Post wires

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