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Man arrested at Sydney Airport was allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS

15 June 2017 2:43 AM
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Man arrested at Sydney Airport was allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS

A young man intercepted by counter-terrorism police at Sydney Airport was allegedly attempting to travel to the Syrian war zone to fight for terror group ISIS.

The 22-year-old Panania man was arrested at the airport this morning and taken to Botany Police Station.

He is co-operating with police and is expected to be charged with preparations for incursions into a foreign territory to commit acts of violence, which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment.

"It appears he was radicalised online," NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson said.

Dep. Comm. Hudson, the commander of investigations and counter-terrorism, said there is no current or impending threat to the community.

"In light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together," he said.

The man was known to police for minor matters and had been monitored for about five months before his arrest today, police said.

A police photo showed the arrested man wearing tracksuit pants, sneakers and a woollen beanie, as he was handcuffed and escorted out of Sydney Airport by two plain-clothes officers.

"We have zero tolerance for Australians who seek to commit acts of violence or extremism," Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said today.

As of the end of 2016, domestic spy agency ASIO identified 110 citizens as fighting or working for ISIS or other Middle East-based terrorist organisations, but the exact number remains unknown.

In 2014, the federal government made it a criminal offence to travel to certain areas in the Middle East conflict zone.

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Source: 9news.com.au

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