UPDATE at 12:45 PM | THE man accused of ploughing a 4WD into a group of pedestrians in the heart of Melbourne has been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder.
Saeed Noori, 32, spent Saturday morning being formally interviewed by police after being released from hospital.
The 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan decent has also been charged with one count of endangering life and is expected to front Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon.
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Police allege Noori deliberately accelerated into a group of Christmas shoppers, commuters and workers as they crossed the major intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets on Thursday afternoon.
Nineteen innocent civilians were hospitalised with various injuries following the deliberate “evil” attack.
Of those 19, 14 remained in hospital on Friday afternoon, three of whom were still listed as critical.
Police say they are yet to find any evidence suggesting that the attack was related to terrorism, despite revealing Noori made “utterances” about Allah, ASIO and concerns about the treatment of Muslims around the world.
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FIRST at 6:45 AM | POLICE are today expected to formally interview the man accused of ploughing into a group of pedestrians in Melbourne.
20 people were injured when a white SUV drove into a crowd of people crossing the road near Flinders St station on Thursday.
Three people remain in a critical condition including an 83-year-old and two South Korean nationals.
32-year-old Saeed Noori was released from hospital yesterday and taken into Police custody but is yet to be questioned.
It’s been revealed Noori made “ramblings” about Allah and ASIO while being treated.
Police yesterday searched Noori’s home in the Melbourne suburb of West Heidelberg but say they have not uncovered any evidence the incident was terror-related.