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Man charged after counter-terrorism raid in Melbourne

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Another man arrested over an alleged plot to flee Australia by boat before heading to Syria to fight with the so-called Islamic State has faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Murat Kaya, 25, was arrested and questioned by police after a joint counter-terrorism raid in the city’s north-west this morning.

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Kaya has been charged on suspicion of preparations for incursions into a foreign country to engage in hostile activities.

He did not apply for bail during the brief hearing.

Police allege he bought a vehicle, boat and trailer for the purpose of travelling to northern Queensland in order to leave Australia by boat and enter Syria.

Kaya’s arrest was made in connection with a group of five men who allegedly planned to travel by boat to Indonesia so they could travel to join IS in Syria.

Those men have been remanded in custody in Melbourne after being extradited from Cairns earlier this month.

Police earlier said the arrest was not related to a current or impending threat to the community.

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