A teenager from Albury has been charged with terror-related offences after police raided his home after his alleged “extreme right-wing views” raised concern for authorities.
The 18-year-old was arrested shortly after police raided his home on Wednesday morning, where they allegedly found concerning material relating to right-wing terrorism. He was later charged with advocating for terrorism and urging violence against members of the community.
Police raided the home, with two officers escorting the teen from the property with a hoodie over his head shortly after. The raid was a joint effort between NSW police and the AFP.
“The decision to arrest the male today was made as a result of an escalation that we saw in this male’s online behaviour which continued until this morning,” police assistant commissioner for counter-terrorism Scott Lee said.
“That was why we made the decision we did … to ensure that we could do all that we could to protect the public from any risk of violence, whether through this individual or others.”
The man in question, who remains unnamed, allegedly holds extreme right-wing views, specifically regarding white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
“The male that we have arrested has an extreme right-wing ideology and is focused on neo-Nazi, white supremacist and anti-Semitic material,” Lee said.
According to police, the 18-year-old allegedly Googled how to make a bomb and regularly discussed terrorism plots in closed social media groups, urging others to commit mass-casualty attacks like the 2019 Christchurch massacre.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Lee also alleged that the teen had shared plans with other people who held extremist right-wing views.
The Assistant Commissioner also alleged that the teen was radicalised via social media, where he regularly accessed extreme right-wing content.
“That has included bomb-making materials which he has sought to provide to others as part of his activities to urge others to commit terrorist acts and violence against community members,” he alleged.
According to police, the teen regularly showed support for different terrorism-related events, but had no specific attacks planned. Police confirmed that there is no current threat to the community as a result of the man’s actions.
“There was a post up until the very early hours of this morning which actually expressed support for a previous mass shooting event that had occurred internationally,” Lee added, confirming that the shooting was *not* the 2019 Christchurch attack.
Terrifyingly, the teen was allegedly promoting violence against basically anyone who “didn’t look like him”, including – but not limited to – “immigrants”, “people of the Jewish and Islamic faith” and anyone who isn’t white.
The 18-year-old will face court in Albury on Thursday morning.