AUSSIE PROBE INTO JI­HADI CHILD VIDEO

8-year-old filmed hold­ing two guns and a knife, and mak­ing threats

New Straits Times - - World -

SYD­NEY re­ported that the boy was filmed hold­ing two guns and a knife and mak­ing threats as a voice of­f­cam­era asked him: “How do you kill an Aus­tralian?”

Shar­rouf, who left Aus­tralia for Syria in 2013 with his fam­ily, made in­ter­na­tional head­lines in 2014 when he posted an image on Twit­ter of an­other son hold­ing a sev­ered head.

“The New South Wales Joint Counter Ter­ror­ism Team (NSWJCTT) is aware of a video em­a­nat­ing from the Mid­dle East de­pict­ing a mi­nor mak­ing threats in the name of IS,” New South Wales state po­lice said in a state­ment.

“The NSWJCTT is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the video. How­ever, there is no spe­cific threat.

“The cur­rent na­tional ter­ror­ism threat level re­mains at prob­a­ble.”

Af­ter Shar­rouf ’s wife Tara Net­tle­ton re­port­edly died last year, there were failed ef­forts by her mother to bring their five chil­dren back home.

Shar­rouf was also be­lieved to have been killed in a drone strike in Iraq in 2015 but me­dia re­ports later cast doubt on whether he was dead.

Can­berra lifted the ter­ror threat alert level in Septem­ber 2014 and in­tro­duced new na­tional se­cu­rity laws amid con­cerns of at­tacks by in­di­vid­u­als in­spired by or­gan­i­sa­tions such as IS. It also cracked down on Aus­tralians at­tempt­ing to travel to con­flict zones in­clud­ing Syria and Iraq.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve 110 Aus­tralians have trav­elled to Syria or Iraq to fight with ter­ror groups, of which around 60 have been killed. AFP

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