Three of four released following Sydney counter-terrorism raid arrests


Three of the four people arrested in pre-dawn raids in Sydney's west have been released from custody as investigations into the killing of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng continue.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested at a home in Wentworthville remains in custody.

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It comes after more than 200 armed officers raided homes in Guildford, Wentworthville, Merrylands and Marsfield at 6am on Wednesday, arresting four males aged between 16 and 22.

The 16-year-old and two 22-year-old men have been released from custody, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The 16-year-old and 18-year-old were from Wentworthville; one 22-year-old was from Merrylands and the other was from Marsfield, police said.

They included past and present students of Arthur Phillip High School, the school attended by 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who gunned down Sydney police accountant Curtis Cheng in a Parramatta street on Friday.

A man is taken into custody during joint NSW police and AFP raids on homes in Sydney's west this morning. Photo: NSW Police

A 17-year-old boy arrested and charged on Tuesday is also a student at the school.

Authorities are almost certain Jabar did not act alone.

Heavily armed officers lead away an 18-year-old man arrested at Wentworthville following Wednesday morning's raids. Photo: NSW Police

At least three of the four who were arrested on Wednesday were also targeted in the sweeping September 2014 terror raids across western Sydney.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said authorities suspect those arrested have some knowledge of Friday's shooting and could have influenced Jabar.

Investigations into Jabar's motivation continue, but Ms Burn told reporters on Wednesday it's suspected "there was some influence" that was of an ideological, religious or political nature.