UPDATE @ 9.45am: Two people, including a 17-year-old youth, have been arrested during counter-terrorism raids in Sydney this morning.
Australian Federal Police confirmed the pair were arrested by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of people attempting to travel to, or returning from, conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.
Police allege that the 17-year-old made preparations and attempted to travel to the conflict region, but was not successful in doing so. He also allegedly played an active role in encouraging another person to attempt travel to the region.
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The 24-year-old man, who was arrested at Birrong, allegedly travelled to Syria in July 2013 to join the group then-known as Jabhat al-Nusra, before returning to Australia in February 2014.
Both are expected to be charged later today.
“Police are aware of the threat that people who have travelled to Syria and Iraq can pose to the community – especially if they have been exposed to an extremist ideology and acquired knowledge and skills that could be used to facilitate activity here in Australia,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.
Search warrants have also been conducted in the Sydney suburbs of Merrylands, Bass Hill, Horningsea Park and Miller as part of ongoing NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team inquiries.
Police have confirmed that there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today’s arrests.
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