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Aussie cops raids 10 houses in Melbourne

Two days after the 9/11 anniversary, Australian Federal Police on Thursday along with local police of Victoria reportedly raided over 10 Melbourne houses as a part of ongoing probe into homegrown terrorism.

According to media reports, during the raids, a 23-year-old man was arrested who was expected to be charged for collecting or making documents allegedly facilitating terrorist acts. It was reported that police seized a number of items including a USB memory stick containing violent extremist materials, computer equipment, registered firearms and fake firearms.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for Crime Steve Fontana said the joint investigation was ongoing and pertained to home grown terrorism.

‘I would like to reassure people that we have not identified any immediate threats that pose immediate concerns to the safety of the community and we will continue to work to ensure that all steps are taken to protect all members of the community,’ Fontana said in a statement. Among properties which were raided was an Islamic information centre in Springvale South, near Melbourne.
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