Stu­dent at same school as teen gun­man ar­rested in Aus­tralia

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A stu­dent who at­tended the same school as a teenager who shot dead a man out­side an Aus­tralian po­lice head­quar­ters in a sus­pected ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent was ar­rested Tues­day over al­leged posts on so­cial media.

The stu­dent was hand­cuffed and had his be­long­ings emp­tied on the foot­path while on his way to Arthur Phillip High School in western Syd­ney, Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion footage showed.

Po­lice, who had a heavy pres­ence at the school that was re­sum­ing classes for the first time since the shoot­ing, con­firmed the ar­rest.

“Shortly af­ter 8:30 a.m., po­lice spoke with a teenage boy in re­la­tion to al­leged posts on so­cial media,” New South Wales Po­lice said in a state­ment.

“Dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tion, po­lice al­lege the teenager threat­ened and in­tim­i­dated po­lice.”

The ar­rest comes af­ter a boy widely named in the media as Farhad Jabar shot 58-year-old fi­nance worker Curtis Cheng in the back of the head out­side New South Wales state po­lice head­quar­ters in Par­ra­matta in western Syd­ney on Fri­day.

The 15-year-old, who author­i­ties said was born in Iran of Iraqi and Kur­dish back­ground and had no crim­i­nal history prior to the in­ci­dent, was killed in an ex­change of fire with po­lice.

The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald said it had seen a num­ber of posts on the ar­rested teenager’s Face­book ac­count fol­low­ing Fri­day’s at­tack, in­clud­ing one which re­port­edly said: “Serves you right I hope them ’lil pig­gies get shot.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have yet to es­tab­lish why the teen gun­man tar­geted Cheng, although Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull has said the at­tack “ap­pears to have been an act of ter­ror­ism.”

Author­i­ties on Sun­day searched a mosque the shooter is be­lieved to have at­tended with the con­sent of re­li­gious lead­ers.

Aus­tralian of­fi­cials have said they are con­cerned about the prospect of lone-wolf at­tacks by in­di­vid­u­als inspired by groups such as the Is­lamic State or­ga­ni­za­tion, and have cracked down on Aus­tralians at­tempt­ing to travel to con­flict zones such as Syria.

Turnbull on Tues­day urged Mus­lim lead­ers to speak up more against vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

“Yes they should speak up, but it’s more im­por­tant from a prac­ti­cal point of view that there is lead­er­ship in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity which con­tin­ues to demon­strate that this type of vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism is not con­sis­tent with Is­lam,” he said.

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