5 arrested in Sydney counter-terror raids linked to police shooting

Five men between the ages of 16 and 24 have been arrested during co-ordinated counter-terrorism raids in Sydney in connection with last week's murder of a police worker.

The raids were executed at approximately 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday at residences in the Sydney suburbs of Guildford, Wentworthville, Merrylands, and Marsfield. Those arrested include a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man from Wentworthville, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man from Merrylands, and a 22-year-old man from Marsfield. No arrest was made in Guildford.

"The five men have been taken into custody/detained and will be taken to various police stations where they will be interviewed in relation to Friday’s fatal shooting," New South Wales Police said in a press statement. "The arrests were made as part of a joint investigation by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) and State Crime Command Homicide Squad."

Other details about the counter-terrorism operation are expected to be released later on Wednesday.

Curtis Cheng, a 17-year veteran of the New South Wales Police force who worked in the finance department, was shot dead at close range on Friday as he left NSW Police Headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. The suspect was identified as a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead by officers. Investigators said previously that his actions were believed to be linked to terrorism.

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