Seven arrested following Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation

Seven people have been arrested after 13 warrants were executed in Sydney and Goulburn today, as the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) Sydney continues to investigate an alleged stabbing at a Wakeley church.

About 11.15am today (Wednesday 24 April 2024) investigators executed 13 search warrants across a number of suburbs in Sydney including Bankstown, Prestons, Casula, Lurnea, Rydalmere, Greenacre, Strathfield, Chester Hill, and Punchbowl, as well as a premises in Goulburn.

The operation involved more than 400 police.

Seven juvenile males have been arrested. A further five people, including two men and three juvenile males, are assisting police with their inquiries.

A number of items have also been seized as a result of today’s activity, including a significant amount of electronic material. Operational activity remains ongoing.

Today’s warrants follow a stabbing incident at Wakeley on the evening of 15 April 2024. A 16-year-old boy has been charged over that incident and remains before the courts.

There is no specific threat to public safety and no threat to Anzac Day commemorations.

The Joint Counter Terrorism Team Sydney is comprised of members from the NSW Police Force, Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and NSW Crime Commission.

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you think the information may be. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.

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