Counter terrorism team carry out raids across Sydney in wake of Wakeley church stabbing

Counter-terrorism officers are executing a number of search warrants across Sydney in relation to the alleged stabbing attack of a bishop.

NSW Police say there is currently no threat to public safety and the raids have no connection to Anzac Day commemorations.

More information on the raids will be revealed later on Wednesday.

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers confirmed the raids were in relation to the incident at the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, Western Sydney, last Monday.

NSW Police’s Joint Counter Terrorism Team are executing a number of search warrants across Sydney on Wednesday in relation to an alleged stabbing church stabbing (stock image)

A 16-year-old boy, who can not be identified for legal reasons, is accused of stabbing Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, 55, while he was delivering a livestreamed sermon in front of parishioners.

Police revealed the teenager had been charged with terrorism offences on Thursday evening and was refused bail. 

The alleged attack sparked a riot outside of the church with about 2,000 people chanting ‘bring him out’ and ‘an eye for an eye’ as police kept him inside the building amid fears for his safety.

The ugly scenes were condemned across the political spectrum as dozens of police were injured, their cars vandalised and some officers and paramedics were forced to shelter inside the place of worship. 

Police made their first arrest in relation to the riots just hours prior to the teen being charged with terrorism.

More to come. 

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