Australia’s own home-grown alleged terrorist child of “moderate” parents

Radicalised online; I bet they will be telling us that he was a good boy too.

A 16-year-old Sydney boy was intercepted on an online chat site talking about obtaining a firearm and using it for a terror attack on Anzac Day, police allege.

Officers from the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team were forced to act with just hours’ notice on Sunday, raiding the boy’s home and arresting him in a street nearby just after 3pm.

Sources close to the investigation told Fairfax Media that the boy, who doesn’t attend school, has been on the counter-terrorism team’s radar for just over a year.

His association with one of the Operation Appleby targets, a young western Sydney extremist who is now in custody, meant police were monitoring him although he was not considered a “prime person of interest”.

Over the weekend police picked up on an online conversation between the boy and an offshore male in which the boy mentioned sourcing a gun and Anzac Day services.  

He didn’t mention a specific location or time and he hadn’t managed to source the gun, however the conversation was enough to prompt police to act immediately.

Police have charged him with doing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

No weapons were seized during the raid on Sunday but extremist material was found on one of his mobile phones.

Electronics were seized and police will now sift through them to find others he was talking to. It’s understood he had had several conversations with the overseas male.

He’s not a good boy yet but his parents are “moderate”.

It’s understood the boy’s family, described by sources as a moderate, hard-working family who were all born in Australia, are in shock and had little idea of his alleged activities.

His parents and sister did not attend court and refused to answer the door on Monday when two police officers visited.

If you don’t think this sort of thing isn’t happening in NZ then I have a bridge I can sell you.



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