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‘Lone actor’ terrorists are ‘forming alliances with outlaw clubs to fund attacks’

Jihadis are forming alliances with outlaw bikies and other Australian organised crime syndicates to fund terror plots. 

At least 67 ‘lone actor’ terrorists are teaming up with criminal groups to fund their activity, according to a report by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

While some of these are connected to Islamic State, there are other individuals with extreme left or right wing ideologies who may also be a threat.

ACIC boss Mike Phelan said the links discovered between organised crime and terrorism were now at ‘unprecedented levels’.

ACIC boss Mike Phelan (pictured) said the links discovered between organised crime and terrorism were now at ‘unprecedented levels’

‘This includes Australians who finance terrorist activities, leave Australia to support terrorist causes or return intending to harm the Australian community, it also includes Australians recruited by organised crime groups,’ he said.  

The 67 suspects were identified over the last 12 months through the actions of two covert operations, Project Ridgeline and Project Pinecrest. 

‘We also discovered links between serious and organised crime and counter terrorism persons of interest, particularly related to returning foreign fighters engaging in serious and organised crime activities including money laundering,’ Mr Phelan said. 

Mr Phelan said the majority of transnational crime from Australia was conducted by outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG). 

'Any terrorist attack in Australia over the next 12 months would probably involve weapons and tactics that are low cost and relatively simple including basic weapons, explosives and or firearms,' Mr Phelan said

‘Any terrorist attack in Australia over the next 12 months would probably involve weapons and tactics that are low cost and relatively simple including basic weapons, explosives and or firearms,’ Mr Phelan said

‘Any terrorist attack in Australia over the next 12 months would probably involve weapons and tactics that are low cost and relatively simple including basic weapons, explosives and or firearms,’ Mr Phelan said.  

The National Terrorism Threat Advisory System currently has the threat level of a terror attack in Australia as ‘probable’.  

The threat level is based upon ‘credible intelligence, assessed by security agencies’ and indicates that individuals or groups continue to ‘possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia’.

The National Terrorism Threat Advisory System currently has the threat level of a terror attack in Australia as 'probable'

The National Terrorism Threat Advisory System currently has the threat level of a terror attack in Australia as ‘probable’

 

 

 

 

 

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