Inside Australia’s earliest terror attack: Russell St bombings | 60 Minutes Australia

It was an act of pure evil which frightened, then outraged, a nation. A vicious gang of Melbourne criminals detonated an enormous car bomb outside Melbourne’s Russell Street Police complex. A young policewoman was killed and more than 20 other people were injured. The bombers’ motive for the crime was a hatred of authority and a desire to kill as many police as possible. 30 years later, Ross Coulthart reveals how only sheer luck prevented the death toll from being much higher. With assistance from Australia’s most experienced explosives expert, 60 Minutes recreates the Russell Street blast with the force the bombers intended. Coulthart also interviews one of the original gang members who turned supergrass, as well as detectives involved in the case. They now link the Russell Street bombers to another terrible crime – the 1992 abduction and murder of a teenage girl.

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