Handwritten notes pledging allegiance to ISIS were reportedly found in the pockets of two knife-wielding teenage terrorists who were arrested near a mosque in Sydney’s south-west.
Counter-terrorism police arrested two 16-year-old Muslims on Fetherstone Road in Bankstown on Wednesday afternoon following reports of an alleged terror plot,The Daily Telegraph reported.
The pair were apprehended by officers near a courthouse and the Bankstown Musalla, which is an open space outside a mosque, mainly used for praying.
The teenagers, who were initially believed to be 17, are believed to have been walking to the Bankstown Police Station with weapons, allegedly two bayonets.
The pair, who were also carrying notes pledging their dedication to the Islamic State, are now being questioned at Bankstown police station, along with numerous family members including one of the teenager’s mothers.
Witnesses said one of the boys was seen smiling as he sat on the ground in handcuffs.
Both of the men have been known to police officers for several years, Nine News reported.
One of the teenagers was allegedly arrested a few years ago and accused of not standing for the national anthem at his high school.
After the pair were arrested, Muslim preacher Juniad Thorne approached officers and asked them to tell him ‘Where are my brothers?’ The Daily Telegraph reported.
Thorne was held in the Supermax High Risk Management Centre in Goulburn, New South Wales, for four months for dodging counter-terrorism authorities and using a false name to fly from Perth to Sydney, ABC reported.
A NSW Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia there was an ongoing investigation but refused to comment further.
‘Police are unable to release anything further at this time however there is no on-going threat in relation to this matter,’ police said in a statement.