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NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrests man at Sydney Airport

Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:05:55 AM

***EDITORS NOTE: UPDATE- Suspect taken to Botany Police Station, not SPC***

Members of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team have arrested a 22-year-old Panania man at Sydney International Airport around 10am this morning.

The man was taken to Botany Police Station where he will be interviewed in relation to allegedly attempting to travel to Syria.

Further details about the arrest and charges will be provided later in the day.

The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation.

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team – comprises the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Dave Hudson, Commander of Investigations and Counter Terrorism, moved to reassure the community there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today’s arrest.

“In light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, reaffirmed law enforcement’s commitment to stopping the spread of terrorism ideologies.

“We have zero tolerance for Australians who seek to commit acts of violence or extremism. Those that are looking to do the wrong thing should recognise that the AFP and our partners will continue to work together to address this criminal activity,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

Anyone with information should always come forward no matter how small or insignificant you may think that may be. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.

Support from the NSW community is an important part of keeping NSW safe against acts of terrorism. There are a number of ways individuals and communities can prevent and prepare for emergencies. Members of the public are encouraged to visit secureNSW , the official NSW Government site for Counter Terrorism Information. Visit www.secure.nsw.gov.au