Thursday, September 18, 2014

Terrorism raids: Isis 'urging followers to behead Australians', says PM

Two charged and nine released after Sydney raids: 22-year-old accused of planning public killings

Bridie Jabour
theguardian.com, Thursday 18 September 2014 04.47 EDT

A senior member of Islamic State was urging a network in Australia to carry out public beheadings, prime minister Tony Abbott said after the largest counter-terrorism raids in the country’s history.

More than 800 police officers were involved in raids in Sydney’s north-west on Thursday morning with 15 people detained.

Two men were charged and nine people released. Under Australia’s counter-terrorism laws, those detained could be held for two weeks without charge.

One man, Omarjan Azari, 22, appeared in Sydney central court on Thursday afternoon to face charges of preparing to commit a terrorist act.

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