18yo remains in police custody following Sydney terror raids

AN 18-year-old man remains in police custody in Sydney this morning, following a series of raids across the city’s west on Wednesday.

Police arrested four males aged between 16 and 22 in counter-terror raids yesterday morning over last week’s fatal terrorist attack at Parramatta police headquarters.

Police allege the group are directly linked to the fatal shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng last Friday.


A fifth person, a 24-year-old man from Merrylands, was also arrested but was not detained as part of the joint operation.

He was arrested as a result of an outstanding warrant for identity fraud and other fraud matters.

Eighteen-year-old Raban Alou was arrested at Lane Street, Wentworthville, the same home where his older brother Kawa was arrested in sweeping raids in September last year and released without charge.

It’s understood he is the only one left in custody this morning.

Police also arrested a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who was in the same year at Arthur Phillip High School as Farhad Jabar, the 15-year-old who shot Mr Cheng.

At Marsfield, police arrested another target of the September 2014 raids, 22-year-old Mustafa Dirani, a former student of Arthur Phillip High.

The 16-year-old boy and two 22-year-old men who were arrested have since been released.

Reports are also surfacing this morning that Farhad Jabar, the 15-year-old behind the deadly Parramatta shooting, was recruited by western Sydney extremists to carry out the terrorist attack.

Fairfax reports new CCTV being investigated by police shows a number of men meeting Jabar in the hours before the deadly attack.

It’s alleged the group singled him out because they were under too much surveillance to do it themselves.

A known crime figure is believed to have been responsible for the .38 Smith and Wesson ending up in the hands of Jabar.