Australian woman arrested over terror offence, police say

UPDATE @ 2.45pm: A 22-year-old woman from South Australia has been arrested and is set to be charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation, Australian Federal Police have confirmed.

The Adelaide woman was taken into custody on Tuesday following an ongoing investigation run by the South Australian Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

At a press conference this afternoon, police confirmed the young woman from Adelaide came to their attention after attempting to leave the country last year.


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Police said the woman, who is originally from Somali, is an Australian citizen who arrived in the country when she was 14-years-old.

It’s alleged the woman cultivated relationships with Islamic State members online, and that she pledged her allegiance to the terrorist organisation.

The AFP said the arrest is not linked to the incident in Manchester, which left 19 people dead and at least 50 injured.

EARLIER @ 1.30pm: A South Australian woman has been arrested in relation to a terrorism offence.

The woman was taken into custody earlier today, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

The AFP said the arrest is not linked to the incident in Manchester, which left 19 people dead and at least 50 injured.

Senior officers from the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police will address media in Adelaide this afternoon.

It comes following a successful operation run by the South Australian Joint Counter Terrorism Team.