Two men arrested in Sydney in counter-terrorism operation

A man has been charged after he allegedly was found with documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack against potential government targets in Sydney, police say.

Sulayman Khalid, 20, from Regents Park in Sydney’s west, faced Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday after he was charged by counter-terrorism police overnight.

A second man was also charged by counter-terrorism police overnight with breaching a control order. 

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said officers seized a significant amount of material during a raid on a property on Thursday last week.

Among that material were documents that police allege were “designed to facilitate a terrorist attack”, as well as a rifle, a shortened shotgun and a double-barrelled shotgun.

Deputy Commissioner Phelan said he could not go into great detail about the documents that were seized.

“But there was enough there that gave concern to us that something was being planned, and that’s why a person was charged,” Deputy Commissioner Phelan said.

“He was charged in relation to having a document that was designed to clearly facilitate an attack.

The Australian intelligence agency put him on a list with 20 other suspects accused of having “an extreme ideology,” who were at risk of “engaging in politically motivated violence” if allowed to travel overseas, or had a “jihadi mentality” that made them a threat to national security.

Mr Khalid, who calls himself Abu Bakr after the Prophet Mohammed’s father-in-law, also wore an Islamic State flag throughout the SBS show.

The arrests come a day after Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there had been a “heightened level of terror chatter” in the wake of the Martin Place siege.

The National Security Committee met on Tuesday and intelligence officials briefed Mr Abbott, who said the national terrorism alert level remained on high.

“As you’ll all understand, at this level, an attack is likely, we don’t know when and how an attack may come, but we do know there are people with the intent and capability to carry out further attacks, and that’s why it’s important that as well as being reassured that people are aware of the reality of these times,” Mr Abbott said on Tuesday.

Full article: Two men arrested in Sydney in counter-terrorism operation (The Age)

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