Van packed with gas bottles crashes into Australian Christian lobby office

A van loaded with gas bottles crashed on Wednesday into the Australian Christian lobby office in Canberra and exploded, The Sun reported.

No staff members were injured, however, the condition of the van driver is unknown, Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton said in a tweet. Shelton also tweeted out a picture of the decimated van and called the vehicle a “car bomb.”

“I do not know the condition of the driver. Prayers appreciated,” he tweeted.


The blast also destroyed several of the building’s windows and appeared to cause some external property damage.

The vehicle was driven toward the front of the building, an Australian Capital Territory Police spokesperson confirmed to The Sun; however, no determination had been made on whether the incident was intentional or accidental.

“There are no public safety issues and ACT are seeking any witnesses to the incident,” the spokesperson said.

Australian Christian Lobby lobbies state and national leaders on Christian issues.

The Canberra crash comes just hours after a minivan drove into a farmer’s market in Beijing, killing at least four people. The driver had been detained in that episode, and authorities had not yet determined if the minivan driver deliberately aimed for the crowd.

The Canberra and Beijing incidents also came two days after a truck driven by an Islamic extremist drove into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12.