A 14-year-old English boy was charged with two offenses of inciting acts of terrorism at a memorial event in Australia, one of the youngest people ever to be charged under U.K. counter-terror legislation.
The teenager, from northwest England, is accused of encouraging another person to carry out an attack at an Anzac Day parade in Australia “with the aim of killing” people, the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service, said in a statement Thursday. The boy, who can’t be identified, will appear in a London court Friday.
Australian authorities carried out a series of raids to prevent a planned attack and charged an 18-year-old this week with a conspiracy to plot a terrorist act. The international community is grappling with the threat of domestic attacks while trying to prevent a growing number of extremists from traveling to the Middle East to join up with terrorist groups.
A gunman was killed by Sydney in December as police stormed a cafe, ending a more than 16-hour siege in a pre-dawn shootout. The gunman forced some of the hostages to display a black flag with white Arabic lettering known as a Shahada in the window of the cafe proclaiming Muhammad is the prophet of God.
Anzac Day is celebrated on April 25, the anniversary of the start of the 1915 battle at Gallipoli. The day serves as remembrance of Australians and New Zealanders killed in military operations.