At least 12 men or boys on Aus­tralian terror watch-list

PM con­venes na­tional se­cu­rity meet­ing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SYDNEY: Aus­tralian of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day they were aware of 12 men or boys in the com­mu­nity who they be­lieve could com­mit an act of terror, as Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull con­vened a na­tional se­cu­rity meet­ing.

Can­berra has be­come in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the prospect of lone-wolf at­tacks by in­di­vid­u­als in­spired by groups such as Is­lamic State, and a tight­en­ing of counter-ter­ror­ism laws is un­der­way. Six at­tacks in Aus­tralia have been foiled over the past year, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment. But sev­eral have not, in­clud­ing a po­lice em­ployee shot dead in Sydney last month by a 15-year-old re­port­edly shout­ing re­li­gious slogans. The Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice’s counter-ter­ror­ism chief Neil Gaughan told ABC tele­vi­sion that a group of 12 men or boys ca­pa­ble of com­mit­ting an act of terror were be­ing closely watched. “I think there can be no doubt that there’s a small group in Sydney that are en­gaged in ac­tiv­ity which wants to up­set the Aus­tralian way of life,” he said. The na­tional broad­caster said the 12 were part of a larger group of 19, seven of whom were in prison.

Some of those un­der sur­veil­lance were sub­ject to or­ders controlling their move­ments and com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­cause po­lice be­lieved there was an “un­ac­cept­able, high risk they will com­mit a ter­ror­ist at­tack”, Gaughan added.

“Our first point of call in re­la­tion to th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions is where there’s been a crim­i­nal of­fence com­mit­ted we ar­rest, charge and pros­e­cute,” he said. “If we don’t meet that thresh­old, the next step we look at is a con­trol or­der.”

The rev­e­la­tions came as Turn­bull met in Can­berra with his na­tional se­cu­rity com­mit­tee to dis­cuss fur­ther ways to deal with vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism. He had re­turned from sev­eral over­seas sum­mits dom­i­nated by terror con­cerns fol­low­ing the Paris at­tacks that left 130 dead.

Turn­bull told par­lia­ment that tack­ling the fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism and the use of so­cial me­dia for pro­pa­ganda, as well as help­ing build greater so­cial co­he­sion, were high on his agenda. “The ter­ror­ists want us to bend to their will, to be fright­ened, to change the way we go about our lives, to aban­don our val­ues,” he said.

“If we do that, they win. And they will not win, we will not let them win.” A poll in The Aus­tralian news­pa­per showed 76 per­cent of 1,573 in­ter­vie­wees be­lieve a terror event in their coun­try is ei­ther in­evitable, very likely or likely. Au­thor­i­ties raised Aus­tralia’s terror threat alert to high just over a year ago. They in­tro­duced new se­cu­rity laws and have since con­ducted sev­eral raids. The moves fol­lowed Mel­bourne po­lice shoot­ing dead a “known terror sus­pect” who stabbed two of­fi­cers in Septem­ber 2014, just one day af­ter Is­lamic State mil­i­tants called for Mus­lims to in­dis­crim­i­nately kill Aus­tralians. Last De­cem­ber Ira­ni­an­born self-styled cleric Man Haron Mo­nis and two hostages were killed fol­low­ing a 17-hour siege at a cen­tral Sydney cafe. — AFP

Nguyen Phu Trong - Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of Viet­nam.

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