/ 26 April 2024

Targeting teen terror

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Following 13 counter-terrorism raids on Wednesday, 5 teenagers aged between 14-17yo faced court yesterday and remain in custody after being charged with terror offences. They include “possessing or controlling violent extremist material”, “conspiring to engage in … a terrorist act”, and being in “custody of a knife in a public place”. Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Krissy Barrett said the arrests came after a “network” of people sharing a “violent extremist ideology” was uncovered. It’s alleged the teens are associates of the 16yo boy who allegedly stabbed Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel in a terrorist attack at a church in southwest Sydney last week, and more raids are expected. Muslim leaders say they’re in “shock” as community organisations were not “asked for any information” – they have raised concerns about the “high-handed approach” from authorities.

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