Australia police arrest suspects of funding ISIS


Australian police said on Tuesday they had arrested two people, including a 16-year-old girl, on suspicion of raising funds to support operations of the ISIS militant group.

The arrests in a Sydney suburb on Monday of the schoolgirl and a man, aged 20, were part of counter terrorism operations aimed at thwarting attacks by domestic radicals at home and disrupting the flow of funds to foreign fighters overseas.

“We anticipate that both these people will be charged later today and attend court and the charge that we anticipate they will have is one of financing terrorism,” New South Wales state police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters.

Australia’s anti-money laundering agency said in November reports of suspected militant financing had tripled in the past year, with more than $50 million that could be used to support militants being investigated.

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