Posted: 13 October, 2016
Sydney Teens Charged Over Terror Related Beheading Plan
Two Sydney teenagers are set to face the Parramatta Children's Court today, after being charged with terror offences.
The 16 year olds were arrested yesterday near a Bankstown prayer hall. They were allegedly found with two bayonet-style knives they'd purchased from a nearby gun shop, and notes with pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
There are reports at least one of the teenagers has come to the attention of authorities in the past for refusing to stand for the Australian national anthem while a student at East Hill Boys High School.
Police believe an attack was imminent.
"Had we not been in the right place at the right time ... certainly somebody, potentially today, would be, or another day imminently, would be without their life," said AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan.
The teens have been charged with planning an act of terror - which carries a penalty of life behind bars - and being members of Islamic State, which carries a penalty of 10 years' prison.