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Counterterrorism action: Bankstown, 12 October 2016

By Jacinta Carroll and Ash Collingburn

On the afternoon of 12 October 2016, NSW Police arrested two 16-year old males near the Adnum Lane mosque in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown and charged them with acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act and with having membership of a terrorist organisation. This CT Quick Look report reviews the incident and makes recommendations for Australian counter-terrorism agencies.

This is the fourth edition of ASPI CTPC’s CT Quick Look. The publication provides a high-level brief on significant terrorist incidents and counterterrorist actions. CT Quick Look reports highlight the key issues and assess relevance for affected stakeholders and Australia. Each report is produced soon after the event to allow timely lessons to be learned and is based on information available at the time.