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Police, prayer hall terror targets

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Police and a prayer hall were among a number of targets uncovered by investigations into two alleged terrorists arrested in Sydney this week.

Omar Al-Kutobi, 24, and Mohammad Kiad, 25, were arrested at their western Sydney home on Tuesday and charged with terrorism offences.

Police on Friday said investigations into the pair had uncovered intelligence that police and a prayer hall were targets of a terrorist plot on Australian soil.

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Investigators from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team have been dispatched overseas to continue investigations following this week’s arrests.

“As a consequence of those ongoing investigations, further information obtained has indicated a number of targets on Australian soil,” NSW police and Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

“Those investigations have verified information that there were threats to police and also a prayer hall in Sydney.”

There was no specified threat to a police facility or officer.

The Joint Counter Terrorism Team has confirmed the proposed threat to the prayer hall was abandoned.

“Investigators will continue to verify a range of information that has been obtained,” the statement said.

The AFP and the NSW police have again reminded all police officers to be vigilant regarding their safety.

Al-Kutobi and Kiad were arrested on Tuesday just hours before they allegedly planned to carry out an attack.

Lawyers for the two men flagged in court on Thursday that the pair would probably apply for bail next month.


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