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British teenager 'linked to Australian terror plot'

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/04/2015

A teenager has been held in Blackburn on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said
A teenager has been held in Blackburn on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said

Communications found on devices linked to a 14-year-old boy in Britain led to Australian police making arrests over an alleged plot to attack Anzac Day commemorations, officers in the UK have said.

The teenager was arrested in Blackburn in connection with an alleged plan to stage an attack at events to mark the centenary of the First World War Anzac landings.

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) said the teenager was held on Saturday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

He was first arrested on April 2 but then detained again after officers examined "devices" and allegedly uncovered communications with a man in Australia.

The Australian police operation saw five men arrested, including an 18-year-old who has appeared before magistrates charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts.

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