Leafy area gain­ing Renown for plots

Po­lice al­lege ‘Is­lamist-in­spired’ Syd­ney fam­ily mem­bers plot­ted to blow up plane


IT is Renown Av­enue by name and renowned by po­lice.

An­gry res­i­dents of the Wi­ley Park street in Syd­ney’s south west have be­come all too fa­mil­iar with heav­ily-armed po­lice af­ter be­ing at the cen­tre of two of Aus­tralia’s ma­jor counter-ter­ror­ism raids.

The lat­est was on Sat­ur­day when a joint counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing an al­leged plan to bomb a plane out of Syd­ney raided a two-bed­room ground floor unit, ar­rest­ing a man and his brother.

The wide tree-lined street was thrust into the spot­light in Novem­ber 2005 when po­lice si­mul­ta­ne­ously burst into a house and a block of flats, ar­rest­ing three men, Khaled Shar­rouf, Khaled Cheikho and Moustafa Cheiko, un­der Op­er­a­tion Pen­den­nis, the largest counter-ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der­taken in Aus­tralia.

The men were con­victed of con­spir­acy to com­mit an im­mi­nent ter­ror­ist act although no pre­cise tar­get had been cho­sen. Shar­rouf, who served less than four years in jail af­ter boast­ing that he had tricked doc­tors into be­liev­ing he was men­tally ill so he would get a shorter sen­tence, went on to hor­rify the world when he up­loaded a pho­to­graph of one of his four sons, aged seven, hold­ing a sev­ered head.

The con­victed ter­ror­ist slipped out of Aus­tralia in 2013 us­ing his brother’s pass­port and trav­elled to Syria to fight with Is­lamic State.

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