Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Terror plot targeted public places

Terror plot targeted public places

Federal and NSW counter-terrorism police raided six properties in Sydney's west yesterday morning and arrested Isaak el Matari, 20, and two other men Radwan Dakkak, 23, and Ahmed Tebya, 30.

Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said the 20-year-old man from the Sydney suburb of Greenacre had been monitored for the past 12 months since returning to Australia from Lebanon.

Police targeted six addresses in Greenacre, Canada Bay, Toongabbie, Chester Hill and Ingleburn.

Three men have been arrested after police uncovered an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to attack several targets including police stations, consulates and churches in Sydney's CBD.

Police were targeting a group of people they allege support the Islamic State terrorist group.

Authorities say the younger men were members of Islamic State.

Police made the arrests because they had compiled sufficient evidence for charges, McCarthy said, but offered few details.

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"There are still those people in the community who wish to do us harm", he added.

The 20-year-old Greenacre man is expected to be charged with one count of acting in preparation for a terrorist act and one count of engaging in preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the objective of engaging in hostile activities. They have not yet been booked, but are expected to be charged with planning a terror attack and having links to the Daesh terror group.

The plot was the 16th major terrorist attack to be thwarted by police in Australia since the threat level was raised in September 2014, Mr McCartney said.

A 30-year-old man, who police alleged was an associate of Mr Dakkak and Mr el Matari, was charged with fraud offences and granted bail.

"These men knew each other via social media and being online, sharing a like-minded philosophy", Willing said.

Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said public safety was not at risk during the investigation.

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