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(generated from captions) Melbourne is in the throes of a major security operation to ensure public safety at tomorrow's AFL Grand Final. Amid those preparations today, police and Muslim community leaders again appealed for calm, revealing that Muslims are being increasingly singled out for threats and harassment. The plea coincided with the burial of the teenage terror suspect who was shot by police on Tuesday night. Hamish Fitzsimmons reports.As football fans celebrated the penultimate day of the AFL season with the Grand Final Parade, another crowd gathered in the city's south-east to bury Abdul Numan Haider, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by police on Tuesday night.Police are still no closer to explaining why Abdul Numan Haider stabbed two officers with a knife, prompting one to shoot him. They're moving away from the theory Haider may have had young males in
accomplices.There were some young males in the presence of the deceased young man just prior to the incident. Now, Chief
that was made clear by the Chief Commissioner yesterday, but it certainly shouldn't be extrapolated or extended to suggest that there was a conspiracy.Police say Haider's parents want to know why he came to do what he did.They particularly want answers as to how he has become radicalised to the point where he has done this act. They want answers and certainly the community want those answers.Police admit community tension is growing and acknowledge Muslims are being singled out for harassment.Muslim women are being addressed in the street and insulted about their garb. There are some threats being made to people.Muslim leaders and police have joined once again to call for calm and cooperation.When you see a Muslim man, a woman, it doesn't mean that he is your enemy. These are innocent people. Lots of people have no idea. They don't even know what ISIS is, they don't know what's going on in Iraq or Syria. Australians should be our first priority.The Australian National immams Council is encouraging parents to talk to their children particularly about what they're seeing online and in social media.I told specifically the parents to be more friendly with their young and have ongoing conversation as to what they are doing, what are they reading, whom are they contacting or chatting online.This evening one of Australia's biggest Muslim groups, followers of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamah organisation began a three-day conference joining the call for tolerance.All Australians are together. They can handle any situation they are in.And the Defence Force has apologised, after an officer withdrew a claim he had been assaulted by two men of Middle Eastern appearance while wearing his uniform.On behalf of the Australian Defence Force I would like to apologise to the Australian community and in particular the Middle Eastern community for any angst that this has caused.The ADF say it is will continue to investigate