BRISBANE: Queensland man has allegedly rammed his car into a mosque south of Brisbane less than a day after terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
A 23-year-old Browns Plainsman had been suspended from driving after allegedly returning a positive roadside drug test in Stockleigh yesterday.
Police allege he went back to his car after being released from custody and rammed it into the closed front gates of the Baitul Masroor Mosque.
It’s alleged he shouted profanities at people inside before driving home where he was arrested.
The man has been charged with one count each of willful damage, commit public nuisance and driving a motor vehicle whilst suspended.
It comes ahead of an expected prayer service to honour the victims and lives lost in the New Zealand terror attack.
The Islamic Council of Queensland and the Council of Imams Queensland have invited Muslims and non-Muslims to join them today at the Islamic College of Brisbane.
Vigils and prayer services are being held across the country, as authorities confirm they are keeping an eye on known white extremists in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his family gathered at a Coptic church in southern Sydney this morning to pray with the Arabic community.
Morrison will later join politicians and religious figures including the Grand Mufti of Australia at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney for an interfaith prayer for the 50 dead, dozens injured, their families and communities.
Members of the public have been invited to pray alongside them from 3.30pm (AEST) while a rally nearby will show solidarity for the Muslim community.
NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley said the police minister and police the commissioner had told him in briefings yesterday there were a small number of white supremacists and extremists in the state.