AUSTRALIAN TERROR NETWORK
Sydney cell :
One of the defendants arrested in Sydney, Mirsad Mulahalilovic, acquired and attempted to acquire materials – mainly sulfuric acid, acetone and peroxide for the production of explosives. The chemical materials suggest that the suspects planned to manufacture Triacetone Triperoxide, a home made highly unstable but effective explosive commonly used by the Palestinians in their terror campaign against Israel.
Three of the suspects: Mazen Touma, Mohammed El-Omar and Abdul Rakib Hasan, all from Sydney region, were in a car stopped by police in 12/2004 near Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear facility but they never were charged on any attempt to attack Lucas Heights.
Melbourne cell :
By large the Melbourne cell was formed by members of Lebanese descent who had fled a brutal civil war in Lebanon in the 80s’. They worshipped regularly at Preston Mosque in Melbourne. According to the AUSTRALIAN intelligence service – ASIO, one of the suspects, Abdulla Merhi, from Melbourne, wanted to carry out attacks to avenge the war in Iraq. In phone conversations with Abdul Nasser Benbrika in 2004 he was taped, once, volunteering to commit a suicide attack himself. Abdulla Merhi, of Fawkner and Hany Taha, 31, of f Hadfield, Melbourne, were also charged with raising money to finance their terrorist activities.
Other suspects arrested in Melbourne are: Ezzit Raad, 23, of Preston; Aimen Joud, 21, of Hoppers Crossing; Fadal Sayadi, 25, of Coburg; Amer Haddara, 26, of Yarraville; Ahmed Raad, 22, of Fawkner, Shane Kent, 28, of Meadow Heights; and Izzydeen Atik, 25, from Williamstown. see – .Melbourne Cell .
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