Anzac terror plot teen allegedly tried to obtain a weapon

A TEENAGER who has been accused of plotting a terror attack on Anzac Day allegedly tried to obtain a weapon.

The 16-year-old faced court this morning and his case was adjourned until tomorrow.

He has been charged with one count of preparing or planning a terrorist act, which carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.

Officers from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the boy yesterday at his Auburn home, in Sydney's west.

Police allege the planned attack was linked to today's Anzac commemorations.

But authorities earlier today urged people to not let this deter them from attending Anzac Day ceremonies.

Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism Michael Keenan said Australia's counter-terrorism agencies had stopped six terror attacks on Australian soil in the past 18 months.

He said the 16-year-old's arrest was a good example of the capabilities of Australia's agencies.

"We need to have confidence in the abilities of our agencies to keep us safe," he said.

Mr Keenan would not comment specifically on the case against the youth but said it was concerning.

"We're very concerned and unfortunately this is part of a pattern that we have been observing where younger and younger people are targeted and incited to go and commit an act of terror," he said.

"We're very concerned about this and that's why we've been working very closely with the Muslim community in particular, on strategies to counter violent extremism to prevent people from being affected by this ideology in the first place, and if they have had contact with this ideology, to divert them away from it."

He also said there was no indication there would be more arrests in relation to this alleged terror plot.



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