A 16-year-old boy has been charged with a terrorism offence that police allege is linked to Anzac Day commemorations.
Officers from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the teenager near his Auburn home on Sunday.
He was taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with one count of acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act. The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
“Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.
“Anzac Day should be observed by all in our community free from fear and I would encourage everyone to enjoy this special day.”
The 16-year-old was refused bail and will appear in a children’s court on Monday.
He was charged with one count of acts in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Court documents reveal the teenager has been charged with trying to get the weapon between Saturday and Sunday.
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