Two men have been charged and another man is to face charges after police uncovered an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to attack several targets including police stations, consulates, and churches in Sydney’s CBD.
Federal and NSW counter-terrorism police raided six properties in Sydney’s west on early July 2 and arrested three Sydney men aged 20, 23 and 30.
Three men arrested over alleged ISIS-inspired plot to attack variety of Sydney targets including police and defense buildings, courts, churches and diplomatic missions, Australian authorities say.@ABC News’ @JamesAALongman has the story. https://t.co/piBoPp46Bo pic.twitter.com/Nlv1An4tbA
— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2019
Authorities say the younger men were members of the ISIS terrorist group.
UPDATE: A 23yo Toongabbie man and 30yo Chester Hill man have now been charged from yesterday’s JCTT operation. https://t.co/VQTJUb8vqG
— AFP (@AusFedPolice) July 2, 2019
An AFP spokesman said the 23-year-old Radwan Dakkak was due in court on Wednesday, July 3, after he was charged with being a member of a terror organisation.
The 30-year-old Ahmed Tebya was charged with obtaining a financial benefit by deception and granted police bail before his matter goes to court later in July. He has not been charged with terrorism offences.
The third man, Isaak el Matari, 20, is expected to be charged with being a member of a terror organisation, preparing for a terrorist act and preparing to enter a foreign country for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities.
Australia: Isaak el Matarim, 20, arrested along with 2 other men during 6 raids by counter-terrorism police, for alleged ISIS-inspired plot to target landmarks in Sydney
In 2017, he was held by Lebanon for wanting to fight for ISIS in Syria https://t.co/ksFYRbfnKO
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) July 2, 2019
AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said the plot was in the “early stages” of planning and targeted police stations, defence establishments, embassies and consulates, councils, courts and churches in Sydney’s CBD.