SYDNEY Australian federal and state police mentioned on Thursday morning they had arrested two individuals as part of an ongoing operation to thwart attacks against civilians by home-grown and foreign radicals.
“Two people have been arrested by the Joint Counter Terrorism Group Sydney as portion of the ongoing Operation Appleby,” the New South Wales State Police mentioned in a statement.
Sky News reported that one of those targeted in the raids was a 15-year-old boy. Police said further details would be supplied throughout the day.
Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, has been on heightened alert for attacks by residence-grown radicals because last year.
In September 2014, police shot dead a Melbourne teenager following he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers. Final December, two hostages were killed when police stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman, who was also killed.
In October, a 15-year-old boy opened fired on police accountant Curtis Cheng at police headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta and was then killed in a gunfight with police outdoors the building.
(Reporting by Matt Siegel Editing by Leslie Adler)