UPDATE: Two men charged following counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and other agencies which form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, have charged two men following an operation in Melbourne yesterday.

A 19-year-old Epping man has been charged with attempted terrorist act, intentionally cause injury, act in preparation of terrorist act and membership of a proscribed terrorist organisation (ISIS).

A 20-year-old Epping man has been charged with one count of attempted terrorist act.

Both are expected to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

A 16-year-old Pascoe Vale boy has been released without charge.

The trio were arrested yesterday as part of a Victoria Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation.

The operation is ongoing, however at this time police do not anticipate further arrests.

Furthermore, the arrests are not linked to any previous operational activity.

Victoria Police would like to reassure the community that it continues to work collaboratively with JCTT partners to ensure the safety of all Victorians.

Victoria has well tested, cooperative, counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of emergencies.

 The Victoria Joint Counter Terrorism Team comprises of Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be. Report any suspicious activity to Triple Zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

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