1. Disturbing details from the manifesto of Jake Bilardi.
A disturbing blog has emerged detailing the mindset of Australian teenager Jake Bilardi who is thought to have died in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq on Wednesday night.
His 4,400-word online manifesto, which he apparently wrote in January, details how he planned to attack Melbourne by “launching a string of bombings across Melbourne, targeting foreign consulates and political/military targets as well as grenade and knife attacks on shopping centres and cafes and culminating with myself detonating a belt of explosives amongst the kuffar [infidels]”.
He says he began “collecting materials for the explosives and prepared to start making the devices”, but then stopped as he feared he would be detected.
“I realised that the authorities were oblivious to my plans but if anything was to attract their attention it would be my purchasing of chemicals and other bomb-making materials and so I ceased the planning of Plan B and sat waiting until everything was prepared and I could exit the country undetected.”
Victorian Police have confirmed that bomb-making equipment was found at his home.
The Age reports that the government is now seeking an urgent briefing from national security and law enforcement agencies.
2. Bali Nine duo still in limbo.
After Bali Nine duo, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran had their case adjourned to March 19, the Indonesian Government has now confirmed it will allow several pending legal cases to run their course before it proceeds with any executions.
News Limited reports that Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo indicated through a spokesman that they still wished to proceed with executing 11 people simultaneously.
“From the start, we already planned that we will execute them together,” Mr Spontana said. “That’s why we have gathered them in the one place.
“Since the beginning, there is no change in plan.”
Meanwhile, a plan revealed yesterday by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to pay for the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been criticised by Jakarta.
Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the matter wasn’t open for negotiation, reports News Limited.
“I want to stress that it is not a matter of negotiation as has been said by the president and the foreign minister,” he told reporters in Jakarta.
3. Pete Evans says he loves the controversy.
Just a day after Pete Evan’s cookbook, “Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way” was pulled from the shelves after experts — including the health department — expressed concerns over some of the recipes, the author has hit back.