Teen Arrested in Australia Is Expected to Face Terror-related Charges

Australian police arrested on Wednesday an 18-year-old man who had allegedly expressed interest in committing a mass-casualty attack, motivated by right-wing ideology.Police said they expected to file charges against the unidentified man from Albury, a small town 553 km (344 miles) southwest of Sydney.”The male we’ve arrested has an extremely right-wing ideology and is focused on neo-Nazi, white supremacist and anti-Semitic material,” Scott Lee, Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner, told reporters in Sydney.”A couple of days ago, what we observed was an escalation in the tone which went to a support of a mass casualty event, and potentially his involvement in that event,” Lee said.Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has been on heightened alert against the threat of homegrown radicals after several “lone wolf” attacks in recent years.A white supremacist gunman from Australia killed 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand last year.Australian intelligence agencies have regularly warned of an increased threat by right-wing-aligned individuals since then.

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