Australian police charge two Sydney men over terror offences

Australian counterterrorism police said on Wednesday they had thwarted an imminent attack linked to the ISIS group after arresting two men in Sydney on Tuesday.

Australian police charge two Sydney men over terror offences

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"When we did the search of the premises, a number of items were located, including a machete, a hunting knife, a home-made flag representing the prescribed terrorist organisation ISIS, and also a video which depicted a man talking about carrying out an attack," New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters.  "We will allege that both of these men were preparing to do this act yesterday."

Two men have been arrested in Sydney after a raid by Australian counterterrorism police found a hunting knife, a flag and other items, raising suspicions of a "beheading plot," the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

A New South Wales police spokeswoman would not comment on the details of the report, but said two men were assisting police with inquiries after an operation on Tuesday afternoon.

A media conference was planned for later on Wednesday.

In December, two hostages died as police stormed a cafe in central Sydney, ending a 17-hour siege. The gunman, Man Haron Monis, a self-styled sheik who harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and sought to align himself with the Islamic State militant group, was also killed.

A number of raids have taken place in Sydney and Melbourne since Australia raised its national terror threat level to "high" for the first time in September, citing the likelihood of attacks by Australians radicalised in Iraq or Syria.

Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its action against the ISIL believes at least 70 citizens were fighting in the region, backed by about 100 Australia-based "facilitators".

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