“Somali extremists on a ‘fatwa order’ from God,” by Cameron Stewart and Milanda Rout for The Australian, August 5 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
POLICE feared that a group of Melbourne Islamic extremists might have recently obtained a fatwa, or religious blessing, to carry out a terrorist attack in Australia, raising the possibility that it could be carried out within weeks.
The Australian understands police were concerned that a Somali Australian who returned from the war-torn country only three weeks ago might have secretly obtained a fatwa from a sheik in Somalia, although police were unable to confirm this through their surveillance.
Faced with the possibility that a suicide attack on an Australian Army base might be imminent, more than 400 federal and state police swooped on the terror suspects early yesterday, arresting four men and executing search warrants on 19 houses.
Nayef El Sayed, 24, was charged with conspiring with Saney Edow Aweys, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, Yacqub Khayre and Abdirahman Ahmed to prepare for a terrorist attack on the Holsworthy army base in Sydney’s southwest.
As of last night, the remaining four men had not been charged.
As revealed exclusively in The Australian yesterday, police believe the Melbourne group planned to launch a suicide assault on an Australian Army base using automatic weapons.
It is alleged they planned to kill as many people as possible before they were themselves killed in what would have been the worst act of terrorism in Australia….
“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…” — Qur’an 9:111