Two armed teens charged over plot to behead an innocent person in an ISIS-inspired Sydney terror attack – and one of them is the son of a convicted terrorist.
Two teenagers who had allegedly planned to carry out an attack on an innocent member of the public have been charged with terror-related offences. The 16-year-old’s were arrested near a mosque in Bankstown in Sydney’s west on Wednesday, and were allegedly carrying handwritten notes pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Police believe the pair, one of which is understood to be the son of a convicted terrorist, allegedly bought bayonets from a gun shop before setting off to carry out the attack.
The duo were on Thursday charged with acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act, and police said the alleged offences were ‘extremely serious’.
‘Those charges are extremely serious charges with the acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act with a maximum of life imprisonment,’ NSW Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said.
They were also charged with membership of a terrorist organisation – and police believe they had links to ISIS.
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