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Teenager charged with terror offences

The Local · 31 Mar 2015, 13:29

Published: 31 Mar 2015 13:29 GMT+02:00

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The teenager, who is from a Turkish family, was detained for a second time in January on suspicion of terrorism-related activity.

He was released from custody in November last year but then ran away and failed to abide by his probation agreement.

Police found him in a fast food restaurant in Vienna after his mother reported him missing. 

He was allegedly planning to travel to Syria and had been plotting a series of bomb attacks at crowded targets such as Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station. The Islamic State is reported to have offered him money to carry out such a terror attack.

The authorities have based their charges on data found on the boy’s PlayStation games console, including bomb-building plans downloaded from the internet, Michaela Obenaus, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in St Pölten said.

The teenager faces up to five years in jail if convicted of supporting a terrorist organisation and planning an attack.

More than 170 people have left Austria to fight in the Middle East, according to the interior ministry, some of whom have been killed.


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