Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy from Blackburn in UK April 2, accused of being connected to a planned ISIS-inspired “terror act” on ANZAC day in Melbourne, Australia.
The 14-year-old teenager was arrested April 2 on suspicion of planning an act of terror. On Saturday April 18 he was further arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and remains in police custody for questioning, according to a statement released by Greater Manchester Police.
During the ongoing investigations detective chief superintendent Tony Mole disclosed that the police discovered communications between the boy and one of the men charged in Australia over the ANZAC day terror plot, which according to them posed a “credible terrorist threat.”
ANZAC day is an event which commemorates the fighting of Australians and New Zealand soldiers at the battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. This event will be held on April 25, and there are high security alerts in Australia and the UK due to fears of possible terror acts.
The operation conducted Saturday by hundreds of police resulted in the arrest of 5 teenagers over allegations that the teens were planning an ISIS-inspired attack on ANZAC day in Melbourne, Australia. Three of the five teenagers arrested were released “pending further enquiries,” while the other two have been charged over the alleged plot.
Australia has concerns about ISIS, also known as ISIS, luring young Australians to join the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that 100 of its citizens are fighting with the militant group in Iraq and that the government has confirmed that 30 people from Australia have been killed and 100 passports have been cancelled.
The government last week announced that it will send hundreds of soldiers to Iraq to help train forces to fight against ISIS, which Australia sees as a serious threat.
Also, on Saturday Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and agreed to share intelligence regarding foreign fighters who are joining ISIS.
Last June ISIS entered Iraq through the Syrian border, seizing vast areas of land and gaining large quantities of military equipment, including hundreds of US-supplied Humvees, large amounts of ammunition and also possess as many as 52 US-supplied artillery pieces.