The police lost the Brighton terrorist's contact details a month before the siege

A police officer holds (C) a gun over the front gate of a residential area in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton on June 5, 2017, after a woman was held against her will in an apartment block. Photo: Mal Fairclough/ AFP/ Getty Images.

The Brighton siege gunman, Yacub Khayre, was on parole when he took a woman hostage and killed a man this week in an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Not only was he recently released from jail for a violent home invasion, but he was also accused – and subsequently acquitted – of being involved in the planning of a foiled terrorist attack on a Sydney army base.

But despite being a “person of interest” to police, his phone number was lost by authorities just a month prior the incident at the serviced apartments in Melbourne.

According to The Australian, the federal police had to write to Victoria’s Adult Parole Board on May 2 to seek help to find the violent criminal’s details.

It is seen as just one of a number of mishaps by counter-terrorism authorities now being questioned in relation to how Khayre fell off their radar.

The Australian has more.

Following the siege, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull also questioned how Khayre was granted parole, when he was a known offender with “a long record of violence” and had “connections, at least in the past, with violent extremism”.

“Australians need to be assured that people who are a threat to their safety are not being released on parole,” he said.

“With every development in the sick pathology of terrorism, we have to learn from it.”

More here.

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