Sydney Police Arrest Five People After Terrorism-Linked Shooting

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Firemen clean the scene where a 15-year-old gunman shot dead a civilian police employee in Sydney on Oct. 3.

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Five people were arrested in dawn raids across Sydney following the fatal shooting of a police employee by a 15-year-old boy last week that authorities say was linked to terrorism.

Five men, aged between 16 and 24, were detained at homes in four Sydney suburbs, New South Wales police said in a statement. They will be interviewed in relation to the shooting outside a police headquarters in Parramatta on Oct. 2 that also left the 15-year-old dead, according to the statement.

Authorities have described last week’s shooting as politically motivated and linked to terrorism. The boy, who was shot and killed by police in an exchange of gunfire, had an Iraqi-Kurdish background and was born in Iran, New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said Saturday in a news conference.

Australia remains on high alert for attacks, citing threats posed by local supporters of Islamic State militants.

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