Australian Police Charge Man With Terrorism After Stabbing

  • Victim of attack in suburban park remains seriously ill
  • Act inspired by ISIS, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner says

Australian police charged a 22-year-old man with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after the stabbing of another man in a park in a Sydney suburb.

The 59-year-old victim was stabbed several times on Saturday while walking through a reserve in Minto, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of central Sydney, the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police said in a statement Sunday. He remains seriously ill in hospital, though is no longer in a critical condition, New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters.

“We can clearly say that this is inspired by ISIS, we know that,” Burn said. The alleged attacker is known to police, though not regarded as having been connected to known terrorist groups or known extremists, she said.

An attempt was also made to stab a police officer during efforts to make an arrest in nearby Macquarie Fields, police said in the statement. A counter-terrorism team is investigating the incident alongside local police officers, and a large knife has been seized for forensic examination.

The alleged attacker is scheduled to appear later Sunday before Parramatta Bail Court, police said.

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