Melbourne: A 23-year-old man was arrested today in counter-terrorism raids here for allegedly providing money to a US citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.
The arrest came after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation tipped the Australian Federal Police (AFP) about the man, whom the police did not name.
About 100 state and federal police officers searched five suburbs — Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington — as part of the counter-terrorism raids.
The AFP said the man was charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation.
The man from Seabrook was arrested for allegedly providing AUD 12,000 to a US citizen fighting in Syria, AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan was quoted as saying by the ABC News.
The arrest comes a week after Melbourne police fatally shot a terror suspect who had stabbed two officers.
Last week, 18-year-old Numan Haider was shot dead after he carried out a frenzied knife attack on two police officers, who were probing him over allegations that he unfurled a flag of the Islamic State group in a suburban shopping centre.
The incident happened a day after the Islamic State called for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians.
Australia has said it is prepared to join the US-led global coalition which has targeted the Islamic State.
The AFP, however, said the fresh raids were not related to the last week’s shooting of the teenage terror suspect by the police.
“This operational activity is not in response to a threat to public safety nor is it related to last week’s incident at Endeavour Hills,” they said in a statement.
“The Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police Joint
Counter-Terrorism Team can confirm that a number of search warrants are being conducted as part of an operation in the following suburbs: Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.”
Police further confirmed the raids were not related to
earlier anti-terror raids in Brisbane and Sydney.
Earlier this month, over 800 police officials conducted
‘synchronised raids’ of houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane.