NSW terror raid uncovers alleged missile plot
ONE man has been arrested in terror raids on a property in country NSW, accused of intending to provide ISIL with the "hi-tech capability" to develop missiles for the Islamic terrorist group.
In what has been described as a major terrorism operation, AFP were today seen at an isolated building north of Young in the state's south west, searching the property.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference today, confirming a 42-year-old man from the town of Young was arrested following a major raid.
He is an Australia-born electrician with no direct experience of missile technology but the work he was doing was "credible".
"Police will allege that the man arrested has sought to advise ISIL on how to develop hi-tech weapons capability this highlights that terrorism, support for terrorists groups and Islamism extremism is not limited to our major cities," Mr Turnbull said.
"The evidence uncovered to date does not involved immediate domestic attack planning but it is yet another reminder of the enduring threat we face from Islamist terrorism."
The operation does not relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia, Mr Turnbull said.
"This highlights that terrorism, support for terrorist groups, and Islamist extremism is not limited to our major cities," Mr Turnbull said.
"We've seen Australians arrested for preparations to carry out terrorist acts, or providing financial assistance to terror groups. We've seen Australians travel to the conflict zone to take up arms for ISIL, become suicide bombers, and cannon fodder.
"We've seen professionals, such as doctors, join the terrorist organisation.
"Here, the police will allege that this individual, in a regional centre, acted with intent to provide ISIL with the capability, with the technical capability, and hi-tech capability, to detect and develop missiles.
"It once again shows that we all need to be very vigilant, and this is yet another example of the excellent work the men and women of the Australian Federal Police and all our security agencies are doing in identifying and disrupting alleged assistance to ISIL."