Police arrested four people believed to be involved in the recent shooting at Parramatta, which has been declared as a terrorist attack. Except one, all the arrested had also been investigated last year, in connection with other terrorist incidents. Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad is known to have spent a lot of time in the Parramatta mosque, which is also frequented by members of the group that had been targeted in last year’s anti-terrorism raid. It was here that he spent his last hours before he attacked Curtis Cheng, a police accountant, last Friday.
Ms Burn, the Deputy Commissioner of New South Wales Police Force has been facing fire for failing to keep Jaber under surveillance despite his obvious terrorist connections. But she only said that Jaber had “not been a target of ours and is not somebody we would have assessed as a threat”… and that that “there was some influence — whether it was ideologically, religious or politically motivated — that determined and influenced the 15-year-old to go and commit this horrendous act of violence”.
No terrorist organization has yet claimed to be involved in the incident. National security has become of prime importance and anti –terrorist sentiment in Australia is rising as the frequency of terrorist events becomes higher.