Those of us who follow Islamic IED TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures) are not at all shocked or surprised.
A Melbourne teenager allegedly discussed packing a kangaroo with explosives, painting it with an Islamic State symbol and setting it loose on police officers.
Sevdet Ramadan Besim, 19, of Hallam, is accused of plotting an Anzac Day terror attack in Melbourne that would have included a beheading.
He was committed to trial in the Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading not guilty to four charges.
They included conducting internet searches of Anzac Day in Melbourne and Dandenong, engaging in communications and creating an electronic memo on his phone – all in preparation for a terrorist act.
Mr Besim initially faced five charges, but Commonwealth prosecutor Andrew Doyle withdrew one when Mr Besim appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Mr Besim is accused of planning to run over, then behead, a police officer.
Federal police allege Mr Besim and a person overseas had been in a series of communications in the lead-up to the alleged plot for Anzac Day.
Mr Besim allegedly said he was “ready to fight these dogs on there [sic] doorstep” in online communications with the person overseas, according to court documents.
“I’d love to take out some cops,” Mr Besim is alleged to have said.
“I was gonna meet with them then take some heads ahaha.”
A camouflaged Sevdet Besim somewhere in the bush.
A camouflaged Sevdet Besim somewhere in the bush. Photo: Instagram
In a prosecution summary against Mr Besim tendered to court, police allege the pair spoke on March 16 last year, during which they discussed packing a kangaroo with explosives and letting it loose on police.
“The conversation continues with Besim detailing what he did that day and they have a general discussion around animals and wildlife in Australia, including a suggestion that a kangaroo could be packed with C4 explosive, painted with the IS symbol and let loose on police officers,” the summary says.
While police did not go into details of the symbol, the image mostly closely linked to IS is the group’s black flag. The reference to the kangaroo makes no mention of Anzac Day.
Mr Besim has been in custody since April 18 when 200 heavily armed officers swooped on the city’s south-east, arresting five teenagers and seizing knives and swords.
Police say he is motivated by an extremist ideology and has expressed support for proscribed terrorist organisations, particularly IS, which adopt a radical interpretation of Islam.
The dropped charge was one count of conspiring to do an act in preparation for or planning a terror act, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Mr Besim is due to face a directions hearing next week.
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