A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with making threats to kill worshippers at a mosque in Victoria, two days after the terror attack in New Zealand.
The young teen was arrested and charged by Counter-terrorism investigators and local police on Thursday after allegedly using social media to post threats directed at a mosque in Manifold Heights, Geelong.
It’s alleged the boy made threats to kill, caused a false report to be made and used a telecommunications network with the intention to commit a serious crime.
In a chilling post on social media on Sunday, two days after 50 Muslims were shot dead and another 50 were wounded in Christchurch, the 14-year-old boy allegedly threatened to replicate the massacre in Australia.
“Yes I am a copy cat,” the post read.
“I will be visting (sic) this mosque and kill as many invaders as i can in the time i get. I will then shoot myself in front of police.”
The text was accompanied by a photo of an Australian flag, camouflage gear and a piece of paper marking the date as March 17, 2019, according to the Australian Associated Press who claims to have seen the posts.
It’s understood a member of the public saw the posts and immediately reported them to police.
In a statement, Victoria Police said the posts were “concerning”.
The boy was arrested by officers from the state’s Counter Terrorism Command and the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit and charged with a long list of offences, including using a carriage service to menace and make a threat to kill.
The youth, from suburban Geelong, was released on bail by police and is due to appear in a Children’s Court at a later date.