Police allegedly stopped an imminent terror attack with the arrest of two teens in Sydney’s south west.
Police allegedly stopped an imminent terror attack with the arrest of two teens in Sydney’s south west.

Sydney teen ‘Googled ISIS training,’ court

ONE of two Sydney teenagers accused of planning a terrorist attack searched "shooting training ISIS terrorist" on Google and downloaded Islamic State magazines in the weeks before his arrest, a jury has been told.

The teenagers, who can't be named, have pleaded not guilty to doing an act or acts between October 6 and October 12 in 2016 in Sydney in preparation for a terrorist act.

The pair were both aged 16 when arrested at a Bankstown Muslim prayer hall on October 12, allegedly in joint possession of two M9 bayonets and a sharpener bought for $230 at a nearby gun shop.

Federal agent Carrick May gave evidence in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday about "items of interest" he identified on a laptop and mobile phone seized from one of the teenager's homes in the hours after the arrest.

Mr May said the phone, allegedly belonging to one teenager, contained downloaded copies of IS's Rumiyah magazine and images of Osama bin Laden and "self- proclaimed Islamic State leader" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Crown prosecutor Ian Bourke SC noted one of the magazines included an article entitled "Just terror tactics".

Mr Bourke said, according to a tendered sample of the agent's findings, the teenager used Google to search "is jihadology illegal" on his laptop on August 28 in 2016 and accessed the website "jihadology.net" 11 days later.

 

 

He asked the agent: "Are you familiar with a particular website of that name?"

Mr May replied: "I'm aware it's an open source website which contains a large amount of material pertaining to the academic inquiry of jihad … propaganda material from Islamic State, videos and pictures."

The Crown document alleges that, in the weeks before his arrest, the teenager also searched "whoever attacks you then attack them quran", "holding flag ISIS", "ISIS sword" and "Muslim vs kuffar battle", among other phrases.

The laneway where the teenagers were arrested.
The laneway where the teenagers were arrested.

The jury was shown multiple videos found on the devices including one titled "scared American" featuring US soldiers and another of a young girl, crying over a dead body, saying "Daddy … say hello to all the other martyrs".

One video of a bleeding man, created on the laptop in September 2016, was subtitled: "I advice (sic) you to do martyrdom operations my brothers" and "Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the last day".

Mr Bourke also pointed to a photo, dated October 6, of young boys dressed in uniforms next to guns and flags.

The 2016 scene in Bankstown where police arrested the two teens in Sydney’s south west.
The 2016 scene in Bankstown where police arrested the two teens in Sydney’s south west.

"I recognise the image from an … ISIS video, 'Cubs of the Caliphate'," Mr May said.

"There's an ISIS flag too." In his opening address, Mr Bourke said: "The Crown cannot say precisely when the act was to be carried out or who the particular target was". The trial continues.



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