Young Men to Face Charges After Police Find Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot to Attack Sydney CBD

By AAP

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.

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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 on July 2, 2019. (Australian Federal Police)

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.

Authorities say the younger men were members of the ISIS terrorist group.

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.

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.