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Joint Counter Terrorism Team to investigate Queanbeyan Murder

Friday, 07 April 2017 03:21:18 PM

The NSW Police Force is continuing its investigation into the murder of a 29-year-old service station attendant at Queanbeyan last night.

Two juveniles, aged 16 and 15, remain in custody in relation to the incident.

However, following information obtained by investigators, the NSWPF has activated its counter terrorism arrangements, including an investigation by the NSW Joint-Counter Terrorism Team.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations Catherine Burn says that investigators will examine the motivation behind the attack and other criminal incidents that occurred in Queanbeyan and the ACT overnight.

“I want to reassure the community that there is no ongoing threat in relation to this matter at this stage.

“We have two teenagers in custody and sufficient information to believe the actions of one of those teenagers may be related to terrorism. That information comes from physical evidence at the scene and other sources.

“This investigation is in its infancy. We are also looking at number of other incidents involving an attempted robbery at a bottle shop in the ACT, an attack on a homeless man in Queanbeyan, an assault at a unit in Queanbeyan and later an attack where a man was stabbed and his vehicle stolen.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said the community should continue to go about their daily lives, and encouraged anyone with information regarding incidents in Queanbeyan overnight to contact authorities.

“Anyone with information on this matter should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think that information could be.”

“The public should continue to exercise caution and we urge people to report anything that doesn't look right to the National Security Hotline by calling 1800 123 400. Life-threatening situations should be reported to the police by calling Triple Zero (000), while information can be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The terrorist threat in Australia has not changed; under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System (NTTAS), the level is Probable. Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies, indicates that individuals or groups continue to possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team – comprising the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission – maintains strong links with intelligence and other agencies to give us the best possible understanding of issues and threats.

The pair is being held in custody in the Australian Capital Territory.

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