SYDNEY – A passenger doused a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane on Friday, police said.
There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.
Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka”.
“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.
“A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act.”
A 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.
Bystanders kicked down the back doors of the municipal bus to rescue passengers, who were “traumatised” by the incident, Keogh said.
“It’s lucky the whole bus didn’t become engulfed in flames,” Keogh said.
Around half-a-dozen passengers were aboard the vehicle and some were treated for smoke inhalation.