A growing ISIS gang within Australia’s highest security prison has threatened to behead correctional officers and inmates who do not convert to radical Islam.
At least 30 gang members at Goulburn jail in NSW, have been planning to take extremist action against those who oppose their religion, News Corp reports.
All non-Muslims had to be removed from a ‘Lebanese yard' last month, after Darwiche gang member Adnan ‘‘Eddie’’ Darwiche was stabbed in a religiously motivated gang war between inmates linked with ISIS and former Sydney street gang the Assyrian Kings.
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Darwiche was stabbed eight times by two Christian inmates who were wielding prison shivs made from a toilet brush and a sandwich toaster handle.
“It was all terror related,’’ a Goulburn corrections officer told News Corp.
“Word on the street was most in that yard (had been radicalised) and they were going to take a hostage — one of the six Christians in the yard — and behead them."
However the Christians struck first, in a daylight attack on Darwiche, which happened in front of four prison guards.
“The intel said it was to do with the Muslims versus Christians war that is going on. The Muslims were going to kill one of the Christians and film it on their phone,” the officer said.
“There was also intel branching off from that saying they were going to get an officer. There was an Arabic intercepted message saying they were going to abduct an officer and behead him.’’
While Darwich was the victim of the religiously motivated gang war, there is no evidence that he is a supporter of ISIS.
Prison guards at the correction centre, which houses supermax inmates, also believe that gangs like Brother 4 Life and Will To Kill are turning to ISIS.
“They come through and start associating with radical Islam. They’ve never come out and officially claimed they’re an ISIS gang, neither have the bosses, but that’s what is happening,” the guard said.
“We’ve found ISIS flags, tattoos, and lots of other indicators. You could call it a prison gang.”
News Corp reports that extreme measures, such as bans on speaking Arabic, have been introduced to prevent inmates convicted of terror-related crimes from planning attacks.
However other inmates, such as those in the now all Muslim ‘Lebanese yard’ are reportedly still allowed to communicate in Arabic.