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Australia: 5 teenagers arrested after failed ‘ISIS-inspired’ terrorism plot


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(By Estera Popowska)
In what Australian police has called a major counterterrorism operation, five teenage boys were arrested Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

According to CNN affiliate 7 Network, three of the teens, all of them between 18 and 19, have since been released "pending further enquiries," but two remain in custody.
CNN says Sevdet Besim, 18, has been charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act, and was denied bail Saturday. The other suspect, a 19-year-old, has not yet appeared in court.

“Some evidence that we have collected at a couple of the scenes and some other information we have leads us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired,” said Neil Gaughan, acting deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Premier Tony Abbott reportedly said Saturday that the suspects planned to attack during a major national commemoration in a week. “The act that we believe was in preparation involved attacks against police officers," The Prime Minister said.

Australian Police said the suspects were targeting a ceremony on Anzac Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps Day), which is April 25 and this year is the centennial of the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I (Source: CNN)