UPDATE: TWO teenage boys and two men are in custody following a series of terror raids across Sydney’s west on Wednesday morning.
More than 200 officers executed warrants in Guildford, Wentworthville, Merrylands and Marsfield at around A.M.A. on Wednesday, police said.
The raids were in relation to the fatal shooting of a police worker outside Parramatta Police Headquarters last Friday.
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A fifth man was arrested but not detained as part of the counter terrorism operation.
A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old from Wentworthville, along with a 22-year-old man from Merrylands and a 22-year-old from Marsfield have been taken to various police stations where they will be interviewed over Friday’s attack.
This operation is separate from the activities overnight in relation to the 17-year-old student arrested yesterday.
NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, Commander Specialist Operations, said today’s operation is a clear indication of the resolve to identify those who allegedly had involvement in the fatal shooting on Friday.
“It is of serious concern that in the heart of our community there have been plans to conduct an attack on such an innocent person.”
“Our Joint Counter Terrorism Team will meticulously work through all information obtained this morning and proceed according to any evidence obtained, Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
Deputy Commissioner Burn also called for calm and vigilance.
“While the events of last Friday are disturbing, we have to be better than those who want to disrupt our lives.”
“It’s important that we get on with our lives. But we have to be vigilant, be aware and be ready to make a call if you see or hear anything suspicious,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told a media conference this morning they have not laid any charges against the group yet.
“The allegations and the reasons why we have detained them and conducted searches is because we suspect that a terrorism offence has occurred.
“We suspect they may have some knowledge,” Ms Burn said.
Deputy Commissioner Burn refused to speculate whether they were involved with Friday’s deadly shooting.
“Whether or not they inspired it, I don’t know at this point in time,” she said.
“We have certain suspicions and we are clearly going to have to sift through all this over the next couple of days to see where we stand with all of this.”
EARLIER: FIVE people have been arrested following terror-related raids across Sydney’s west this morning.
More than 200 armed officers with the state’s counter-terrorism and homicide commands as well as the Australian Federal Police have stormed several homes across Merrylands, Guilford, Wentworthville and Marsfield.
The operation was linked to the fatal shooting of police worker, Curtis Cheng, outside Police Headquarters at Parramatta last Friday.
The arrests were made as part of a joint investigation by the NSW Police Force, State Crime Command Homicide Squad and the Australian Federal Police.
Those arrested include a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old man from Wentworthville; a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man from Merrylands; and, a 22-year-old man from Marsfield.
The five men have been taken into custody and will be taken to various police stations where they will be interviewed in relation to Friday’s fatal shooting.
NSW Police say they will make further comment about the operation later in the morning.
It follows the arrest of a teenage boy on his way to school yesterday morning.
The young man attended the same school as the shooter behind Friday’s fatal attack.
The 17-year-old Arthur Phillip High School student allegedly posted on social media that he hoped “them lil piggies get shot”, and that “merryland (sic) police station is next hope they all burn in hell”.
He was charged with assaulting and intimidating police, two counts of resisting arrest and using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend.
Investigations are continuing and the teenager is expected to appear before a children’s court on November 9.