Melbourne attack: Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing

November 9, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Melbourne attack: Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing: Brainwave Science


A terror attack has shocked the restful city of Melbourne, Australia. The police and public responded to a pickup truck, which was set on fire and three people tabbed in a busy business district of Melbourne. Later, the suspect confronted the police authorities in a busy street and was shot at. The officers took him in custody in a serious condition. Two others, a 26-year old and a 58-year old have been booked for this heinous crime. The Victoria Police believe that this incident is related to terrorism. According to several media reports that flooded after the event the 31-year-old attacker was known to intelligence authorities before he crashed his car loaded with gas bottles in the Melbourne CBD and stabbed three people.  Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner Graham Ashton last night confirmed the attacker died in hospital after being shot by police. Commissioner Ashton said that ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack. A member of the public, demonstrating exemplary courage, used a shopping cart to push one of the knife-wielding assailants back, and helped to get him apprehended.

This street had witnessed another attack in 2017, which left 6 people dead and dozens wounded. The police have decided to not look further, for the time being.


The security agencies face a pile of evidences and a hoard of witnesses. Today’s law enforcement agencies must deal with novel threats. This is the age where high-speed vehicles are being used as weapons of mass destruction. It has been established long ago, with the foiling of the NYC subway bombing plot of 2009, that there is an advent of homegrown terrorism. Personnel of security agencies are required to be able to distinguish between the perpetrator and an innocent civilian.  It is well known that this is not an easy task, and it isn’t fool-proof either. No soldier/policeman wants to use torture to elicit the truth. What she or he needs is a tool which can help them make objective decisions with utmost accuracy, in order to restore the faith of the general public in the police and the judiciary.


The way that terrorism works is to make everybody afraid that they are a target and the apparent strategy of terrorist groups like ISIS is to make themselves appear relevant and powerful. Well terrorists cannot instill fear among people when advancements made in the field of science and technology support law enforcement agencies combat terrorism head on.  Imagine a technology which can indicate the level of a person-of-interest’s likely involvement in terrorism. According to ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

“Mr. Ashton said the man’s relatives were “persons of interest” and that he had been known to Victoria Police and Federal intelligence authorities.”

This has been a scenario that gets repeated over and over again in today’s world. Almost all terrorists who go on to commit severe acts of violence have in most cases  been under suspicion of law enforcement officers. Whether it be the 9/11 terrorists, 26/11 Mumbai terrorists, Boston Marathon attack terrorists, the Charlie Hebdo terrorists and now in this case as well, the family members of the terrorist have been known to police on terrorism-related matters. In every case apparently the counter terrorism and law enforcement agencies have lacked one critical capability: an objective means to distinguish between terrorists and innocent people, before the terrorists’ strike.

One technology seems to provide national security authorities with a tool to gauge the level of a person’s likely involvement in terrorism. Moreover, it can also give clues to the level of his or her of radicalization. It is not a foreign concept, rather It is well known and labelled “iCognative” technology.  The only company that develops and supplies this P300 based technology is Brainwave ScienceiCognative technology by Brainwave Science is based on almost 2-decade old research in the field of neuroscience and has played an instrumental role in supporting various law enforcement agencies and research universities with one-of-its-kind technology.

In today’s world, technological advancements seem to offer new, innovative and unique solutions to a variety of needs. iCognative developed by Brainwave Science brings investigative solutions to a new level, being able to distinguish between innocents and suspects. The unique system behind it relies on information stored in the human brain, even long after an event has occurred. This new investigative tool is useful in more than one discipline, such as Law Enforcement, Border Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterintelligence, providing invaluable results for investigative officers across the globe.

Australian security agencies can interrogate the witnesses to gather intelligence. Details collected during the investigation can be used as stimulus to conduct a iCognative test among witnesses and suspects.

The power of iCognative technology lies in its ability to distinguish quickly and accurately between terrorists, terrorist sympathizer or supporters and innocents, by detecting concealed or hidden information in the brain. iCognative test is non-invasive and takes only around 45 minutes per suspect. iCognative can determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information is present in the brain or absent. With the intelligence collected from the test, law enforcement agencies can include more ISIS sympathizers to the investigation. Thus, Brainwave Science by iCognative can help solve terror-related crimes and prevent future mishaps.

News Source: BBC

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