Bitter irony. One thing you can be sure of is that these police officers who were touring the Lakemba mosque were not challenging Muslim leaders to teach against the ideology of the Islamic State that they ostensibly reject.
As the hostage situation in Australia began, many Sydney police officers were busy conducting outreach in a nearby mosque. This from a reporter for the UK’s Guardian:
I am seeing a lot of people tweeting/asking about the supposed police raids taking place in Lakemba at the same time as the siege. Ray Hadley, a conservative presenter with 2GB, said raids of homes in Lakemba, which has a large Muslim population, were taking place now.
Sources have told my colleague Michael Safi there are no raids underway in that suburb. About 20 police are touring the Lakemba mosque as part of a police induction day, which may have been the source of those reports.