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Convicted Australian terrorist flees to Syria: Reports

Published on Feb 9, 2014 3:51 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian officials on Sunday blamed a "fairly major breakdown" in border security for the reported escape of a convicted terrorist through Sydney Airport to join the conflict in Syria.

New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell expressed concern after media reports that Khaled Sharrouf, who served almost four years in prison after pleading guilty over a 2005 conspiracy to attack Sydney, had fled the country.

According to News Corp Australia, Sharrouf boarded a flight to Malaysia at Sydney Airport last month using his brother's passport and was now believed to be in Syria.

"I have to say I think that immigration and the federal police and customs have been doing a magnificent job," Mr O'Farrell told reporters when asked about the case.

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