“A machete, a hunting knife and a flag associated with Islamic State were among items seized in the raids on a Fairfield home, along with a video of a man talking about carrying out an attack.”
A flag associated with the Islamic State? Clearly these guys are Methodists.
“Two men arrested in NSW over ‘public beheading’ plot,” The Australian, February 11, 2015 (thanks to Peter):
TWO men arrested in counterterrorism raids in Sydney planned to carry out an attack yesterday, according to police.
A machete, a hunting knife and a flag associated with Islamic State were among items seized in the raids on a Fairfield home, along with a video of a man talking about carrying out an attack.
NSW Deputy Commissioner Cath Burn said the men appeared to be planning to harm or kill someone, “potentially using one of the items recovered (in the raids), potentially a knife”.
She said the video showed one of the two arrested men making threats and police believed the attack was going to occur on Tuesday.
“One of the men indicated an attack as going to be carried out,” she said.
The two men who have been arrested are 24-year-old Omar Al-Kutoba and Mohammad Kiad, 25. Both have been charged with preparing or planning a terrorist act and will appear in Sydney’s Fairfield Local Court today.
Asked if the men were planning a beheading, Ms Burn said: “We don’t really know what act they were going to commit”.
“It was likely to involve one of the items which we seized which was a knife and it was going to involve a person.”
She added: “The type of act that we will allege was going to take place is consistent with IS messages.”
The potential for a beheading in Martin Place was raised as a threat last year, when police mounted joint counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane in September, arresting a number of people. Ms Burn said the two men arrested in this week’s raids were not previously on the radar of authorities.
Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said the current terror threat was a new paradigm for police and security agencies.
“These types of matters come upon us very quickly,” he said. “Police forces, whether they be State or federal or our intelligence services v to be nimble to adjust to the threat and work out what our tactics are.” He reassured the community authorities would act as soon as possible.
“The attack was imminent yesterday, and we acted as early as we possibly could,” he said….