Teenager charged with terror offences

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 31 Mar, 2015 Updated Tue 31 Mar 2015 13:29 CEST
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Prosecutors in St Pölten, Lower Austria, have charged a 14-year-old boy with terror offences after he researched how to build a bomb online and made contact with militants supporting Islamic State fighters in Syria.

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.




The Local 2015/03/31 13:29

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