4 ar­rested, linked to Syd­ney po­lice worker’s killing


Po­lice ar­rested four peo­ple dur­ing a se­ries of raids Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with the slay­ing of a civil­ian po­lice worker, which of­fi­cials have said they be­lieve was linked to ter­ror­ism.

More than 200 of­fi­cers swooped into homes in western Syd­ney and ar­rested the men, aged 16 to 22, as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing of Curtis Cheng, New South Wales po­lice said. A fifth man was also ar­rested dur­ing the raids on un­re­lated fraud charges.

Cheng, a po­lice fi­nance worker, was shot by an Ira­nian teenager while leav­ing work in the western Syd­ney sub­urb of Par­ra­matta last Fri­day. The killer, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar, was shot dead by po­lice.

Po­lice be­lieve the killing was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and there­fore linked to ter­ror­ism, though they say Jabar’s spe­cific mo­ti­va­tions re­main un­clear and he has not been linked to any terror group. They also didn’t know whether Cheng was per­son­ally tar­geted, or tar­geted more gen­er­ally be­cause he was a po­lice em­ployee.

Po­lice don’t know what the as­so­ci­a­tion might be be­tween Jabar and the men who were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day, and Deputy Com­mis­sioner Cather­ine Burn de­clined to say what part of­fi­cials be­lieve they played in last week’s shoot­ing be­yond al­legedly hav­ing knowl­edge of the at­tack. But po­lice don’t be­lieve Jabar acted alone.

“To­day’s op­er­a­tion is a clear in­di­ca­tion of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to ac­tu­ally find out who mur­dered Curtis Cheng and to take all nec­es­sary ac­tion that we pos­si­bly can,” Burn told re­porters. “It’s a very, very se­ri­ous con­cern that in the heart of our com­mu­nity there is at­tack plan­ning that is un­der­way and that may have led to what we saw on Fri­day.”

Some of the men ar­rested Wed­nes­day were also in­ves­ti­gated dur­ing a mas­sive se­ries of counter- ter­ror­ism raids in Syd­ney last year, Burn said.

Jabar, who was born in Iran and lived with his fam­ily in the Par­ra­matta area, was not on of­fi­cials’ radar be­fore Cheng was shot. Burn ac­knowl­edged that po­lice had no idea he was a threat, de­spite his al­leged as­so­ci­a­tion with those in­ves­ti­gated dur­ing last year’s terror raids. That prompted ques­tions about whether po­lice should have been pay­ing closer at­ten­tion to him.

“For 24 hours, 7 days a week, peo­ple go and do cer­tain things and it’s a re­al­ity of life we can’t be ev­ery­where with ev­ery­body at ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond of the day,” Burn said.

Neil Gaughan, act­ing deputy com­mis­sioner of the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice, con­firmed re­ports that Aus­tralian po­lice were work­ing with of­fi­cials in Tur­key to lo­cate Jabar’s sis­ter, who is be­lieved to have flown to Is­tan­bul shortly be­fore Cheng was killed. Gaughan said there is noth­ing to sug­gest she was in­volved in the at­tack, but po­lice want to talk to her about what she may have known about her brother’s plans.


Po­lice pull over and search a man and his ve­hi­cle near a house which was raided ear­lier Wed­nes­day morn­ing in the Syd­ney sub­urb of Guild­ford, Wed­nes­day, Oct. 7.

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