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Van explodes at Australian Christian Lobby HQ

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:17

A vehicle carrying gas bottles was driven into the headquarters of a Christian lobby group in the Australian capital - in an act Police say wasn't politically, religiously or ideologically motivated. Samantha Vadas reports.

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The aftermath of a car bomb in the Australian capital on Thursday (December 22) after a van filled with gas bottles exploded outside the Canberra headquarters of a christian lobby group. No staff were injured, but the man behind the wheel was lucky to escape. The 35-year-old even managed to walk himself to the local hospital with serious burns. The managing director of the lobby group coming to terms with damage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTRALIA CHRISTIAN LOBBY LYLE SHELTON SAYING: "Very mixed emotions, I'm quite shocked actually. This is a scene of absolute devastation. I never thought that in coming to work for a public advocacy organisation like ACL that something like this sort of thing. This is not the Australia that I grew up in." Police say the driver lit the cylinders inside the van before smashing it - destroying the vehicle and blowing out windows of the office building. Adding, his actions were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated. But that opinion isn't shared by everyone. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTRALIA CHRISTIAN LOBBY LYLE SHELTON SAYING: "Now I don't know the motivation of last night's attack, but the context of what I see here, is in the context of multiple death threats and threats of violence that my staff have endured over the course of this year." Police now looking into threats against the group, which lobbies national and state governments on Christian values. It had recently been campaigning against same-sex marriage.

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Van explodes at Australian Christian Lobby HQ

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:17