A 17-year-old boy has been charged with terrorism offences following a raid by state and federal police at a home in Greenvale, in Melbourne’s north, thwarting what police described as “an imminent threat to the community”.
Heavily-armed officers from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police swarmed the large two-storey home on Clare Boulevard in Greenvale on Friday afternoon.
The teen was charged on Friday afternoon with engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.
Police said the alleged attack was to target a location in Australia.
They said it will be alleged the teenager was undertaking preparations for an act of terrorism, as well as possessing things that relate to the commission of a terrorism act.
[…] AFP Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan said the bomb squad then discovered improvised explosive devices at the home.
A smaller raid took place in Sydney, and a 14-year-old boy has been arrested, News Corp has reported.
Several explosives found in the Melbourne home were detonated in a nearby park on Friday night.
A car parked in the driveway of the home, on Clare Boulevard, was also searched, and its contents were strewn across the road.
Police will hold a news conference on the raids at 10am on Saturday.