Australian terror cell tried to recruit 14yo boy

An Australian terror group linked to Islamic State have attempted to recruit a 14-year-old boy.

ABC reports the boy’s home was searched as part of Operation Appleby, which began with raids in September last year.


A mobile phone was found which had photos of the boy holding firearms. He pleaded guilty to firearms charges in August this year.

The terror group was identified by the Federal Court in March this year after a control order was imposed on one of its 19 members. It said the close-knit group support “the ideology and activities” of Islamic State and are “willing and able to commit a terrorist act”.

Seven of the group have since been convicted or are awaiting trial on terrorism related charges. Six of the seven are in Goulburn’s Supermax jail.

According to the ABC, one of the group, Jalaal Suleman, has been seen out in public with two other members of the group recently. They reportedly attended a conference about the victimisation of Muslims organised by the hardline Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.