Mosque raided after Aussie shooting linked to terrorism

SYDNEY: An Australian mosque reportedly visited by a 15-year-old boy before he shot dead a civilian police employee in an “act of terrorism” has been raided, police said.

New South Wales state police said the mosque in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta – close to the scene of the double shooting on Friday afternoon – was raided with the consent of religious leaders.

“NSW Police yesterday executed a warrant at a mosque in Parra­matta,” police said in a statement yesterday.

“The warrant was undertaken by arrangement with leadership at the mosque who provided full assistance to police at all times.”

The 15-year-old gunman, who killed finance worker Curtis Cheng at close range outside the police force’s headquarters before he was shot dead by officers, visited the mosque before the shooting, accor­ding to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Investigators have yet to esta­blish why the teenager – who has no criminal history – targeted 58-year-old Cheng, although Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday the attack “appears to have been an act of terrorism”.

Police did not provide details about the mosque raid. — AFP

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