Alleged Sydney ISIS recruiter accused of radicalising teens online

A Sydney man is facing a number of terrorism charges after being accused of trying to recruit teens for terrorist acts.

The 21-year-old Riverwood man was arrested on Wednesday morning.

It will be alleged in court that the man created and posted increasingly extremist material on social media and downloaded a document on basic weapons and tactics that police allege could be used to facilitate a terrorist act. 

It will further be alleged he actively attempted to influence teenagers to adopt and act upon his extremist views.

It's alleged a 21-year-old Sydney man was acting as an ISIS recruiter. Source: NSW Police

A number of electronic devices were seized from the man’s residence and will be forensically examined, police said.

No expected or impending threat to public safety was identified though.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Ian McCartney said in a statement the man’s alleged actions were of “significant concern”.

“The message couldn’t be clearer – there is no place for violent extremism in our community, and all law enforcement agencies will continue to work together to identify and prosecute individuals involved in these activities,” he said.

If guilty of the charges he faces, he could face life behind bars. Source: NSW Police

Asst Comm added the organisation he allegedly pledged allegiance to is ISIS.

It’s expected he will be charged with advocating terrorism, and membership of a terrorist organisation

He also faces life behind bars if found guilty of other acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts.

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