“Plot to Kill” Instigates Police Terror Raids in Australia – Hundreds of Cops Raid homes in Sydney (Videos Below)
“Plot to Kill” Instigates Police Terror Raids in Australia – Over 800 police officers in northwest Sydney raided several homes on Thursday. 15 people have been detained so far; one of them has been charged with preparing to commit a terrorist act.
Though the claims have not been verified yet, the suspect allegedly planned to abduct a random Australian citizen and execute them in a public place. One possible location for the act of terror was Martin Place in Sydney’s Central Business District. The recorded video would then have been posted to social media websites.
The man charged, Omarjan Azari, 22, was working with the highest Australian leader in the Islamic State terror organization, Mohammed Ali Baryalei. According to Commonwealth prosecutor Michael Allnutt, the man intended to “shock, horrify, and potentially terrify,” the Australian public by means of execution.
Baryalei was encouraging ISIS followers to behead Australians, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Due to the high likelihood of the defendant (Azari) failing to appear in court, he has been denied bail.
Police apparently intercepted a phone call that led to the start of Operation Appleby, the name given by police for the counter-terror raids.
PM Tony Abbott told reporters:
“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian, who is apparently quite senior in ISIL, to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country.
So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”
Abbott doesn’t believe that the country’s current operations in Iraq bring any added risk to Australian citizens.
“These people, I regret to say, do not hate us for what we do, they hate us for who we are and how we live. That’s what makes us a target, the fact that we are different from their view of what an ideal society should look like, the fact that we are free, we are pluralist, we are tolerant, we are welcoming, we are accepting,
All of these, in their eyes, are wrong and that’s what makes us a target and that’s something that should never change about us. We should always be a free, fair, open and tolerant country.”
A Sydney man involved in terror raids has been taken to hospital with injuries he claims he received from police pic.twitter.com/mmQxzQ3G6X
— ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) September 17, 2014