“Somali father declares his son to be very innocent”
“The man — who was born in Australia to Somalian parents — had shown evidence of growing radicalisation…..”
So why isn’t the police all over his mosque & why aren’t his coreligionists arrested & deported?
The arrested man has now been named and charged.
Victoria Police address Federation Square terror plot
A Melbourne man arrested in counter-terrorism raids was allegedly trying to get a gun and kill “as many people as he could” during New Year’s Eve celebrations at Federation Square.
The 20-year-old Muslim man from Werribee in Melbourne’s western suburbs was arrested at 3pm yesterday after a secret operation by the police Special Operations Group.
He is still being interviewed, but police expect to charge him shortly with engaging in an act in preparation for a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate an attack.
He allegedly displayed sympathies for the Islamic State terrorist organisation.
The man was arrested after a long period of surveillance codenamed Operation San Jose in a combined effort by Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said the man — who was born in Australia to Somalian parents — had shown evidence of growing radicalisation, becoming “energised” when overseas terrorist attacks occurred.
“The male is one of our high-risk persons of interest we have been monitoring for a very lengthy period of time,” Mr Patton said.
“The allegations are that he was planning to commit a terrorist act and that he attempted to obtain a gun to do so.
“What we will be alleging is he was intending to use a firearm to shoot and kill as many people as he could in the Federation Square area on New Year’s Eve.’’
Mr Patton said the man had not accessed a gun at any stage, but had face-to-face meetings as he tried to obtain an automatic weapon.
Mr Patton would not reveal if these meetings were with an undercover police officer, but said he had been on the police radar since early this year.
“The arrest means that this threat has been removed,” he said, urging Victorians to continue with their plans for the Christmas/New Year season.
Victoria Police arrest a man in a counter terrorism operation in Melbourne
“We’re quite confident that there is no risk or no threat to the Victorian community now that we have removed him from society.”
He said police would allege the man had obtained an al-Qa’ida document instructing how to use a firearm, though he showed allegiance to Islamic State.
Mr Patton said the man had connections to other extremists, but declined to say if these people were in custody.
The man’s home — where he lives with his parents and siblings — is still being searched, with police also investigating if his work with computers at an address in Footscray was related to his alleged terrorist plans.
Anyone with information on any potential wrongdoing should phone the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.