Sydney Terror Duo Jailed For 20 Years

Sydney Terror Duo Jailed For 20 Years
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The two terrorists who plotted to blow up a prayer hall in Sydney and cut heads off civilians in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group have been jailed for 20 years.

Al-Kutobi, 25, and Kiad, 27, intended to target a Shiite prayer hall in February last year, but that plan was abandoned in favour of a plot to attack someone with either a knife or machete. A video had also been made of Al-Kutobi – who was born in Iraq and took Australian citizenship in 2013 – brandishing a knife and making threats, the Supreme Court heard.

In sentencing, Supreme Court Judge Peter Garling said there was enough evidence to suggest the men were on the cusp of carrying out the attack.

The pair had, two days earlier, gone to a rival Shi’ite prayer hall in western Sydney, intending to set off a blast.

They were surprised by a man and escaped from a police chase before deciding to focus on attacking random members of the public.

Justice Garling sentenced them to serve no less than 15 years before being allowed parole, noting their planning was substantial and had reached a late stage.

Kiad – who was born in Kuwait and moved to Australia in 2012 – and Al-Kutobi pleaded guilty to conspiring to plan a terrorist attack.

Australian officials say 11 terror attacks have been prevented on home soil in the past two years. But several have taken place, including the murder of a Sydney police employee last year.

 

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