In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.
Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, “has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts.”
From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:
“Police say two of the men were planning terror attacks at ANZAC Day ceremonies, Australia’s memorial day, marking the 100th anniversary of the country’s entry into World-War I.
“Officials say the planned attack involved knives and was targeted at police. A third man was arrested on weapons charges, while two others in custody are said to be cooperating with police.
“Several of the men arrested are members of a radical Islamic study center and were associates of another man there who was killed back in September after a knife attack at a suburban Melbourne police station.
“Australia’s prime minister is urging the public not to allow the threats to stop them from attending major Anzac Day commemorations around the country.”
Australia’s ABC news agency gives this rundown of the charges, other than those against Besim: