British boy charged with inciting Australian ANZAC day attack

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 12:28 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-year-old British boy is to be charged with inciting a terrorism attack on an ANZAC Day parade in Australia, thousands of miles from his home, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.

Deborah Walsh, the CPS deputy head of counter-terrorism, said the boy, who was arrested on April 2 at an address in Blackburn, northern England, will face two charges of inciting terrorism overseas.

"The first allegation is that, between 15 and 26 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to commit an act of terrorism, namely to carry out an attack at an ANZAC parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people," she said in a statement.

"The second allegation is that on 18 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to behead someone in Australia."

Hundreds of Australian police conducted raids on Saturday, arresting five teenagers who were accused of planning to attack an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)