Five men have been arrested by the police in raids against terrorism in Sydney.
Last Friday, the Parramatta police headquarters was attacked and a Police accountant, Curtis Cheng, was fatally shot. The 15-year-old gunman named Farhad Jabar was shot dead on the scene by the police.
Following the shooting, a series of raids were made across Sydney this Wednesday. The police arrested five males who are between 16-24 years old.
ABC News reports that the police believe that three of those arrested are involved in the Parramatta Shooting.
The arrested were Raban Alou, 18, whose brother was also arrested in raids last year; a 16-year-old boy who is a schoolmate of Farhad in Arthur Philip High; and Mustafa Dirani, 22, a former student of Arthur Philip High.
The site mentions that the police also raided “the Guildford home of Omarjan Azari”, who is currently in prison and is believed to be part of a conspiracy murder.
Azari was reported to have received a phone call in 2014 from “Australia’s most senior Islamic State lieutenant, Mohammad Ali Baryalei” ordering him to kill someone in public.
According to ABC News, the group of Baryalei used to meet at the Parramatta Mosque where Farhad Jabar “spent several hours” before the Parramatta shooting.
The arrested men will then be questioned on their possible involvement in the Parramatta shooting and “links with the Islamic State”, News.com.au reports.
Sydney Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn says, “We know some of the people we are now interested in are people that have come under notice previously.”
However, Burns admits that Farhad was not somebody that they believe was a “threat.”
“It’s difficult because we don’t really know the motivation of the 15-year-old, however, we are dealing with this as — what we are investigating is a terrorism offence so what we would suggest and we suspect is that there was some influence,” Burns added as posted on the site.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the gun of Farhad is “believed to be sourced from a Middle Eastern crime gang and police suspect it was handed to the schoolboy at the Parramatta mosque.”
Burns, therefore, reminds everyone to be aware and vigilant of what’s going on around.