Sydney teens charged with terrorism offences

UPDATE @ October 13, 7.50am: POLICE have confirmed two teenage boys have been charged with terrorism offences after being arrested by counter-terrorism police in Sydney’s south-west yesterday.

Police pounced on the two 16-year-olds in a laneway behind a mosque at Bankstown around midday after receiving information about an imminent threat.

NSW Police Force Acting Commissioner Catherine Burn said the two boys had purchased two bayonet style knives at a gun shop hours earlier and planned on using them in an attack in Sydney.


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Police addressed the media at 9.30am AEDT this morning.

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The pair have been charged with preparation to commit a terrorist act and membership of a terrorist organisation.

They are expected to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court later today.

EARLIER 10:30PM | TWO teenage boys arrested by counter-terrorism police outside a mosque in Sydney’s south-west were about to carry out a terrorist attack, it has been alleged.

Police pounced on the two 16-year-olds in a laneway behind a mosque at Bankstown around midday on Wednesday after reportedly receiving information about an imminent threat.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the two boys had allegedly purchased two bayonet style knives at a gun shop hours earlier and planned on using them to behead someone in Sydney.

Police said the boys had planned on using the weapons immediately, according to 7 News Sydney reporter Ashlee Mullany who said both boys were on a police terror watchlist.

The Australian Federal Police confirmed officers from the NSW Joint Counter-Terrorism Team seized two knives during the arrest.

According to the Telegraph, one of two schoolboys ­arrested is the son of a convicted terrorist whose home was raided during Australia’s largest counter-terrorism operation back in September 2014.

The same boy gained notoriety last year after refusing to stand for the national anthem as a student at East Hills High School, in Sydney’s south-west.

It’s understood the teen had also taken part in the Hyde Park riots in 2012 where he was allegedly seen holding a sign saying “behead all those who insult the prophet”.

The two 16-year-old boys remain in police custody at Bankstown Police and are likely to be charged with terrorism-related offences.

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