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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Australian Boy, 16, arrested over 'Anzac Day terror plot' was in De-radicalization program.

Neil Prakash

Australian Boy, 16, arrested over 'Anzac Day terror plot' was in De-radicalization program. (Smh).

The 16-year-old boy arrested in Sydney on terrorism charges on Sunday afternoon is alleged by police to have chatted about obtaining a gun for use in a terrorist attack. Vision courtesy Ten News.

A 16-year-old boy arrested over an alleged Anzac Day terrorism plot had been in a government-run deradicalisation program for about a year.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, chose not to appear in Parramatta Children's Court on Tuesday for a brief mention two days after his arrest.

His lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, entered a not guilty plea to one charge of doing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The boy was arrested near his Auburn home Sunday afternoon, just hours after police allegedly intercepted an online chat he was having with a man overseas in which he mentioned trying to obtain a firearm and targeting an Anzac Day event on Monday.

He was not considered a "prime target" for counter-terrorism officers but had been on their radar for about a year.

The boy was arrested near his Auburn home Sunday afternoon, just hours after police allegedly intercepted an online chat he was having with a man overseas in which he mentioned trying to obtain a firearm and targeting an Anzac Day event on Monday.

The boy came to the attention of police in May last year after he was intercepted talking ­online to Neil Prakash, a former Melbourne man who had risen to become a key Islamic State figure.

Prakash, who has been involved in several foiled terror plots, was reportedly trying to encourage the teen to launch a Sydney attack to co-ordinate with a Melbourne bombing. Read the full story here.

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