Australian teenager charged over 'terror documents'

Australian authorities have charged a teenager with collecting documents on ways to stage terrorist acts .
Australian authorities have charged a teenager with collecting documents on ways to stage terrorist acts . PHOTO: EPA

SYDNEY • The Australian authorities have charged a teenager with collecting documents on ways to stage terrorist acts, reportedly including advice on carrying out a successful stabbing and making a bomb.

The 18-year-old from the western Sydney suburb of Guildford was arrested late on Monday and charged with "three counts of collecting documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts", the New South Wales joint counter-terrorism team said yesterday.

The boy allegedly obtained an image of a document in Arabic "which provides instruction on how to carry out a successful stabbing attack, connected with the preparation for a terrorist attack", the Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing police charge sheets.

He also allegedly had an Arabic document that gives information on how to make an improvised explosive device, the newspaper reported.

The boy allegedly obtained an image of a document in Arabic "which provides instruction on how to carry out a successful stabbing attack, connected with the preparation for a terrorist attack", the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The images of the documents were allegedly collected by the teenager over the past two months, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported, adding that one of them was allegedly published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The teenager, who appeared in a Sydney court yesterday, did not apply for bail and will return to court on Feb 2. Media named him as Sameh Bayda.

Canberra has been increasingly concerned about home-grown extremism and raised the terror threat alert level to high in September 2014.

The authorities have conducted a series of counter-terrorism raids in various cities, while the government has passed new national security laws.

The government has also cracked down on Australians attempting to travel to conflict zones including Syria and Iraq.

A 17-year-old was charged last week with making threats on social media that led to the Sydney Opera House being evacuated in a security scare.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'Australian teenager charged over 'terror documents''. Print Edition | Subscribe