Australian police probing terror links in Sydney police HQ shooting

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 02, 2015 8:45 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Saturday they believe the shooting of a police worker by a 15-year-old boy in Sydney on Friday was politically motivated and linked to "terrorism".

The gunman was shot dead by police on Friday afternoon after gunning down a worker at close range as he was leaving the headquarters of the New South Wales Police, police and witnesses said.

Police said they had identified the gunman as a 15-year-old of Iraqi-Kurdish background who had been born in Iran.

"We believe his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism," New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters.

(Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Ken Wills)