Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

AFP speaks on three arrested in alleged Sydney terror plot

Police arrest Islamic State supporters in Sydney Three Arrested In Sydney ISIS Terror Raids
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2019, 09:28

The suspect is expected to be charged with preparing for a terrorist act and preparing to enter Afghanistan for the goal of engaging in hostile activities on behalf of Islamic State (IS), Mr McCartney said, adding that he was to go to Afghanistan to take part in a separate plot.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said the three men knew each other through social media and shared a "like-minded philosophy".

According to authorities, alleged preparations for an attack were in their "early stages", and included "discussions around importing firearms and explosives to carry out those attacks".

Police pictured at a raid at a home in Greenacre.

The men, aged 20, 23 and 30 are expected to be charged with crimes later in the day, New South Wales police said in a statement which gave no further details, pending a news conference at 2 p.m. local time (0400 GMT).

One of the trio is Isaak el Matari, 20, who past year was released from jail in Lebanon where he was detained accused of planning to go fight with ISIS in Syria.

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An AFP spokesman said the 23-year-old was due in court on Wednesday after he was charged with being a member of a terror organisation.

Three men accused of being ISIS supporters have been arrested over an alleged terror plot following raids across western Sydney.

The Joint Counter Terrorism Team, which comprises both NSW and Australian Federal Police officers, is investigating and carried out the raids.

Police said el-Matari and Dakkak communicated on messaging apps about attacking potential targets in central Sydney.

The 30-year-old - an associate of the other men - is expected to be charged with obtaining financial benefit by deception through fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

Police were targeting a group of people they allege support the Islamic State terrorist group. "I want to say they don't represent the Islamic faith".

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