A 16 year old male has been charged with a terrorism offence in New South Wales which police allege was linked to ANZAC commemorations.
Officers from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) arrested the teenager yesterday in Auburn following an investigation by officers attached to what they called Operation Vianden.
According to JCTT the man is being charged with one count of Acts in preparation for, or planning, a Terrorist Act which carries a maximum penalty of lifetime imprisonment.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said JCTT officers were forced to act yesterday afternoon in order to ensure public safety.
“Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“I want to assure the NSW community that our counter terrorism capability is such that we were able to move quickly to prevent harm.
“The age of the individual is obviously a concern for us, and it remains a measure of the ongoing task facing law enforcement and the community.
“ANZAC Day should be observed by all in our community free from fear and I would encourage everyone to enjoy this special day,” he said.
The 16-year-old was bail refused and will appear in a children’s court today.