DIY terrorism author arrested in Sydney

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A Sydney man who served 12 years in prison for a terrorism offence has been arrested for breaching his control order.

Belal Khazaal allegedly breached the order when he twice tried to communicate with a NSW prisoner in March and April, and when he transferred a sum higher than $500 to another person without notifying the Australian Federal Police.

The 51-year-old was arrested at his Greenacre home on Friday morning, police said.

They said there was no specific or impending threat to the community.

Khazaal was released from Sydney's Silverwater jail last August after being convicted in 2008 of making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act.

He had created a 110-page book called "The Provisions on the Rules of Jihad'" containing advice about terrorist acts such as exploding bombs, shooting down planes and assassinating people such as former US president George W Bush.

The Federal Court issued a control order in August 2020 requiring Khazaal to wear a tracking device, imposing a curfew, forbidding him from using social media, and imposing other restrictions.

The order lasts until August 2021.

Khazaal is the seventh person to be charged for breaching a control order since July 2020.

"The AFP's High Risk Terrorist Offender team is committed to ensuring court-issued control orders are complied with and we will enforce identified alleged breaches," AFP Commander Sandra Booth said in a statement.

Khazaal will appear at Bankstown Local Court on Friday afternoon.