This reported a few hours ago in The Age: ‘Five arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne’s south-east.’ And ‘Police have charged an 18-year-old man with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack on Anzac Day following multiple raids across Melbourne on Saturday morning.’
Sevdet Besim – arrested. Photo: Originally Channel 9
- Anzac Day, Melbourne police officers were targets
- Five teens arrested in raids in Narre Warren, Hallam, Hampton Park
- Anti-terror chiefs say ISIS inspired plots
The Herald Sun:
Police said they had prevented a possible attack on serving police officers involving “associates’’ of the dead Melbourne terrorist Numan Haider (killed September 2014 attempting to stab police officers).
Premier Andrews, “No one should underestimate the dangers of this threat.”
Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright confirmed police had found multiple knives and swords in the raids but had not found any guns.
“I won’t go into greater detail than to say we have found edged weapons, numbers of them, and other evidence.” And, “These young men planned to carry out atrocious acts on Anzac Day.”
I hope the police will inform us of the facts of this proposed edged weapon plot, plus any detail of connections to ISIS.
A Hallam neighbour was quoted in The Herald Sun as saying “I know them, the boys. They’ve always been lovely guys. When my husband has been taken in the ambulance, they’ve been here to help. I’m really torn.”
Being “associated” with the late Numan Haider, these teens must have had some idea what would be their fate – if they. too, attacked (armed) police officers with knives and swords.