Sydney • Australian police charged a man with terrorism offenses Thursday following raids in which they seized firearms, computer equipment and a USB stick containing what they said were "violent extremist materials."
Officers swooped onto properties in six Melbourne suburbs Wednesday in a simultaneous raid, the Australian Federal Police and Victoria state police said in a joint statement. The 23-year-old, whose name was not released, was charged with four counts of collecting or making documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Among the police targets was the Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre, which hosts an Islamic book store and library and offers youth activities, daily prayers and classes. The center's representatives did not respond to calls and emails Thursday, though a spokesman on Wednesday confirmed that police spent about 12 hours inside and took several items.