Man charged with Australia attack ‘inspired by ISIS’
The alleged stabbing by the 22-year-old in Sydney came two days after a teenage boy was charged with making threats at the Sydney Opera House
A man “inspired by” ISIS in Iraq and Syria on Sunday (Sept 11) was charged with committing an act of terror over a stabbing attack that Australian police called the “new face of terrorism”.
The alleged stabbing by the 22-year-old in Sydney came two days after a teenage boy was charged with making threats at the Sydney Opera House, and both incidents followed an ISIS call to target high-profile Australian sites.
The young man was charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after the alleged attack on a 59-year-old man in the southwest Sydney suburb of Minto on Saturday.
“We know that this person has strong extremist beliefs inspired by ISIS,” New South Wales state police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters in Sydney, adding that investigators had seized a “large knife”.
The stabbing left the victim, whom police believe did not know his assailant, with serious wounds to his hands and body. He remains in hospital in critical condition.
“What made him actually act yesterday, we don’t know. But hopefully, our further investigations will uncover that. It was deliberate and violent.”
Burn added that when police were called to the road in Minto where the victim was, the young man allegedly tried to stab one officer through a window.
The man, who is due to appear in court on Sunday, was not believed to be connected to any terrorist groups known to police, Burn said, but stressed that the type of threat he posed was a new challenge to authorities.
“This is the new face of terrorism. This is the new face of what we have to deal with,” Burn said.
“There is an individual who, known to police for some matters, decides or for whatever reason, becomes inspired to act; they are able to get some basic capability and act.”
“I think that there was concerning information about his behavior... but not somebody that we would say is somebody who is front and center in our work at the moment.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week said the threat of a terror attack in the nation was ‘real’ after ISIS’ call to followers to target prominent Australian locations.
Officials say they have stopped ten terror attacks in Australia in the past two years.