Five ar­rested in Cairns over al­leged plan to join IS

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Cairns: No­to­ri­ous Is­lamic preacher Musa Ceran­to­nio is among five men ar­rested in Cairns over an al­leged plan to take a small boat to In­done­sia and join the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror group. Shay­den Thorne, the brother of an­other hard­line Is­lamist, Ju­naid Thorne, was also ar­rested. Po­lice ar­rested the men yes­ter­day as they were tow­ing a boat to­wards Cape York, in far north Queens­land. They are be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of for­eign in­cur­sion of­fences. Po­lice would not dis­close how long ago the men trav­elled from Mel­bourne to north­ern Aus­tralia, but be­lieve they were in­tend­ing to travel through In­done­sia and the Philip­pines to Syria. AFP deputy com­mis­sioner Neil Gaughan said the men, aged from 21 to 33 years old, were “very com­mit­ted” to leave the coun­try af­ter pre­vi­ously hav­ing their pass­ports can­celled.

“The fact that they’d gone all the way from Mel­bourne, all the way to far North Queens­land, in­di­cates that th­ese peo­ple were ex­tremely com­mit­ted in ... their at­tempt to leave the coun­try,” he said. ABC

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