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Australia arrests two in counter-terrorism raid

A second man was also arrested.

By Ed Adamczyk
Australia arrests two in counter-terrorism raid
The scene at the Sydney, Australia coffee house, two days after the siege (CC/ wikimedia.org/ Sardaka)

SYDNEY, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An Australian man was arrested after allegedly found with documents facilitating terrorism, police said Wednesday.

Sulayman Khalid, 20, of Sydney, was charged in court after counter-terrorism police found documents linking him to a plot to carry out a terrorist strike on a government target, and a second, unidentified man was charged with violating a control order. The arrests came hours after Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned a terrorist attack was likely following a coffee house siege by an armed, self-proclaimed Muslim cleric in Sydney Dec. 15 in which two hostages were killed.

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The two men were arrested Tuesday by the Australian Federal Police, the country's equivalent of the FBI. Australia has reinforced its counter-terrorism laws and increased efforts to keep citizens sympathetic to the Islamic State from leaving the country since it joined the U.S.-led coalition against IS in Syria and Iraq.

Federal Police Director Michael Phelan said Wednesday there was no evidence of an imminent attack in Sydney, but numerous Australian citizens are under surveillance. He added the raid in which Khalid was found included the seizure of numerous firearms.

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"There is nothing that indicates any specific targets or time frame in relation to this particular activity at all. I am confident we've disrupted the activity that they were planning," Phelan said.

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