Man allegedly trying to travel to Syrian war zone to appear in court

UPDATE @ June 16 2017: A man caught allegedly attempting to travel to the Syrian war zone is expected to face a Sydney court today.

Counter Terror Police swooped on the 22-year-old at Sydney International Airport on Thursday, taking him into custody.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with one count of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.


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At a press conference on Thursday, police described the man as a “lone wolf” and assure the public there was no current or impending threat to the community.

“We believe he was acting alone in this particular act and was radicalised by himself,” Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson said.

“We are alleging through online communication he was radicalised and then made a decision to travel overseas and fight for Islamic State.

The man was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, said this operation is a testament to the dedication and determination of counter terrorism investigators.

“This operation is another example of the strength of the cooperation between State and Federal agencies and the collaborative approach we take to investigating terrorism offences. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep all Australians safe,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

EARLIER @ June 15 2017: A man allegedly attempting to travel to the Syrian war zone has been arrested at Sydney Airport.

Counter Terror Police swooped on the 22-year-old around 10.00am this morning, taking him into custody.

New South Wales and Australian Federal Police Counter Terrorism Commanders are expected to address the media at midday today.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Dave Hudson, Commander of Investigations and Counter Terrorism, reassured the community there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today’s arrest.

“In light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.

The man is currently at Botany Police Station being interviewed by officers.

There are no further details available at this time.