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Father speaks after son shot dead by police on Logan Motorway during ‘terror event’

The father of a young Queensland man shot dead by police during in a “terrorism event” claims there was a racial element to officers’ actions and denies his son was provoking them.

Mohammed Abdi is mourning his son Raghe Abdi, 22, after his death on the Logan Motorway, south of Brisbane, on Thursday morning.

Police say Abdi threatened police with a knife before being shot.

He has also been directly linked to the suspected murders of an 87-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman, whose bodies were found with significant injuries in a home at Parkinson on Thursday afternoon.

Abdi’s family has expressed condolences to the elderly victims.

But Mohammed Abdi says his son was the victim of a “trigger happy” officer.

Accused radicalised extremist Raghe Abdi, 22. Credit: 7NEWS

The Abdi family has released dashcam footage purportedly showing part of Abdi’s interaction with police.

Mohammed said the footage casts doubt over police claims that Abdi had “advanced on” officers while holding a knife.

“I feel saddened to see my son was trying to step away from this,” he said.

“It validates our first concern that the police response wasn’t actually there to support my son, or the community.

Raghe Abdi, 22, was shot dead by police on the Logan Motorway at Drewvale.
Raghe Abdi, 22, was shot dead by police on the Logan Motorway at Drewvale. Credit: 7NEWS

“I believe it was a trigger happy reaction.

“My son was a very peaceful minded person. He has never put his hand on anybody in his life.

“The video footage is a clear indication which contradicts the statement made by police that he actually was provoking them.

“My son needed help when he was there.

The family of Raghe Abdi has released footage showing part of his confrontation with police on the Logan Motorway before being fatally shot.
The family of Raghe Abdi has released footage showing part of his confrontation with police on the Logan Motorway before being fatally shot. Credit: Supplied

“The help he got was to get shot.

“That’s very sad.”

Mohammed alleged the police shot Abdi “because of his ethnicity”.

“I believe if my son was from an Anglo community, and he was walking there yesterday on the street, and he needed help, the response would have been different,” he said.

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