Terror suspect 'wanted to stuff kangaroo with explosive'

SYDNEY • An Australian teenager allegedly discussed stuffing a kangaroo with an explosive, painting it with the symbol of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group and setting it loose on police, media reported yesterday, citing court documents.

Sevdet Besim - who was arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne last April - pleaded not guilty to four charges related to planning an attack during Anzac Day commemorations.

Prosecutors alleged that Besim, 19, had online conversations with another teenager based overseas about using a kangaroo in an attack.

"Communications resume... with an image being sent by Besim with a comment of 'look what I got ahaha'," Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

"The conversation continues with Besim detailing what he did that day and they have a general discussion around animals and wildlife in Australia including a suggestion that a kangaroo could be packed with C4 explosive, painted with the IS symbol and set loose on police," the documents said, referring to ISIS.

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