A TEENAGER from the southern NSW city of Albury has been charged with terrorism-related offences after police became aware of his “escalating” online posts allegedly inciting acts of violence.
The 18-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and it will be alleged in court that he regularly used social media forums and communications apps this year to “encourage other people to commit violent acts in furtherance of an extreme right wing ideology”.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner for Counter Terrorism, Scott Lee, said the teenager “has an extreme right wing ideology and he’s focused on neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and antisemitic material”.
NSW Police Force Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton, said it would be alleged the man was advocating violence against “almost anyone that didn’t look like him”.
“More specifically, it’s non-whites, it’s immigrants, it’s people of the Jewish and Islamic faith – really that term, `I hate everyone that doesn’t fit my identity’.”
He allegedly expressed support for the carrying out of a “mass casualty event” and his own potential involvement in that event, and accessed bomb-making instructions on the internet.
He was taken to Albury Police Station and charged with urging violence against members or groups and advocating terrorism.
Police say there is no ongoing threat to the community relating to this investigation.