The deadly ambush of Queensland police last December has been officially declared a religiously motivated terrorist attack by investigators.
Queensland police found that the murderers subscribed to a “broad Christian fundamentalist belief”, acting in unison together to deliberately target police (SBS).
Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were shot dead by Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train after the officers arrived at their Wieambilla property, more than 300km west of Brisbane, on December 12.
Alan Dare was also fatally shot after going to check on the commotion, with the Trains killed in a gunfight with specialist police later that night.
Deputy police commissioner Tracy Linford said police don’t believe the shootings were random or spontaneous but rather a deliberate and premeditated act of terror inspired by extremist Christian beliefs.
“What we’ve been able to glean from that information is that the Train family members subscribe to what we'll call a broad Christian fundamentalist belief system known as premillennialism,” Linford said.
Premillennialists hold an apocalyptic belief that the world will go through a period of calamities before the second coming of Jesus Christ (ABC).
Investigators believe no other people in Australia were involved in planning the attack, however a man with an American accent who called himself Don and posted videos online referring to the Trains is a person of interest.