UK po­lice ar­rest boy over al­leged IS attack plan

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice in the United King­dom have ar­rested a 14-year-old boy in con­nec­tion with an al­leged Is­lamic State-in­spired attack plan in Australia, they said Mon­day.

The boy was ar­rested Satur­day “on sus­pi­cion of be­ing con­cerned in the com­mis­sion, prepa­ra­tion or in­sti­ga­tion of acts of ter­ror­ism and re­mains in po­lice cus­tody for ques­tion­ing,” Greater Manch­ester Po­lice in north­west Eng­land said in a state­ment.

Aus­tralian po­lice ar­rested five men in counter-ter­ror­ism raids in Mel­bourne on Satur­day and charged one of them with con­spir­ing to com­mit a ter­ror­ist act on An­zac Day on April 25, when cer­e­monies are held to re­mem­ber Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps troops who fell at Gal­lipoli.

One of the of­fi­cers work­ing on the case in the UK, De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Tony Mole, said: “We have un­cov­ered com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween an in­di­vid­ual in the north­west and a man in Australia to what we be­lieve is a cred­i­ble ter­ror­ist threat.

“As soon as this in­for­ma­tion came to light we acted quickly with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties here and abroad.”

Po­lice said the boy, from Black­burn, Lan­cashire, north­west Eng­land, had pre­vi­ously been ar­rested on April 2 af­ter they ex­am­ined elec­tronic de­vices.

They stressed they had not un­cov­ered any ev­i­dence of an im­mi­nent attack be­ing planned in Bri­tain.

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