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Australia charges two ‘ISIS inspired’ teenaged boys

The boys, who were not named, were seized in the city’s southwest after buying the weapons in a shop

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Two 16-year-old boys were charged on Thursday with planning an imminent attack after being arrested with “bayonet-type” knives in Sydney, with police saying the pair were inspired by ISIS.

The boys, who were not named, were seized in the city’s southwest after buying the weapons in a shop, renewing fears about youth radicalization.

They face life imprisonment if convicted on charges of “acts done in preparation, or planning, terrorist acts”, and membership of an extremist organization.

“We don’t have any specific information of a particular target where we will allege that there was going to be an imminent attack,” said New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn.

“What we do know, though, is that the actions, we will allege, were enough to say they were preparing to do an attack although we don’t know specifically where that attack was going to take place.”

She added that police were alleging “the attack was inspired by ISIS”.

“The charge that relates to membership of an organization, we will allude to their association or allegiance with Islamic State,” she said.

They were refused bail by a children’s court and are due to reappear in December.