Van explodes at Australian Christian office – Car bomb or accident?

 In Breaking News, Foreign

A van packed with gas bottles rammed into the office of the Australian Christian Lobby in Canberra on Wednesday and exploded. Fortunately, no staff members were harmed.

Lyle Shelton, who tweeted the above information, is the manager of the office. He called the van a “car bomb.”

The Sun reported,

A man is thought to have been behind the wheel when the van ploughed into the Eternity House building at around 10.45pm local time.

The explosion destroyed the van and blew out a number of the building’s windows.

A spokesperson for the Australian Capital Territory Police confirmed the vehicle was driven towards the front of the building and said an investigation was underway.

They added: “Investigations into a vehicle fire at the Australian Christian Lobby and no one was injured inside the building.”

Authorities say that there are no public safety issues at this time, and are not releasing any information on the driver or his condition. He is said to be receiving medical treatment.

Was this another jihadist attack? Or an accident? The van was filled with gas canisters. There is no lettering on the side of the van to indicate a gas canister business. Officials stated that the van was “driven towards the front of the building.”

It remains to be seen whether this was someone who hates Christians, a jihadist (same motive), or someone who had a medical issue. The ACL is a pro-life human rights group that works to promote a “compassionate and moral life” in the nation.

 

Featured photo by Lyle Shelton/ACL manager  on Twitter

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