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Inside a suburban garage, a group of young men talkedabout motorbikes, parties, weddings andMasterchef.
This was not small talkbetween friends, but a coded terrorist plot to attack an n Federal Police building, Lithgow jail,and engage in warfare in a forestto “achieve martyrdom”.
The six young men also used words like “banana” and “motorbike” for guns, “party” for a terror attack, “wombat hole” for their meeting place, and “China” for fighting with Islamic State overseas.
Sulayman Khalid, who has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences. Photo: YouTube
SulaymanKhalid, 22,JibyrlAlmaouie, 23, and a 16-year-old,who cannot be identified,each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit acts in preparation for a terrorist actin the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.
FarhadSaid, 25,and MohamedAlmaouie, 21,earlier admitted to possessing documents connected with the preparation of a terrorist act.
A sixth man, 21-year-old IbrahimGhazzawy, pleaded guilty to possessing documents in 2016 and was jailed for at least six years and four months.
Justice GeoffreyBellewlifted long-standing non-publication orders onthe case, revealing the group’s clandestine methods of discussing and planning anattack in late 2014.
The menwere beingmonitoredby counter-terror investigatorswhode-coded their conversations in text messages, phone calls, and during meetings in ringleader Khalid’s Regents Park garage, known to the group as the “wombat hole”.
Jibryl Almaouie, who has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences. Photo: Supplied
According to a statement of facts tendered atGhazzawy’ssentencing in May, he was a member of the “Khalid group” and adhered to the religious ideology Wahhabi-Salafism, which inspires Islamic State.
During raids in December 2014, police found several documents in a black suitcase in Khalid’s garage, which he used ashis bedroom.
One note described an attack on an AFP building in the city or Parramatta.
“Helicopters and all that so we are going to fight tillshahada[an Islamic creed] anyway so we might as well do something major,” the note read.
Another document described plans for “gorilla” warfare.
“The plan is gorilla (sic) warfare … we are going to go to the woods and attack the dogs there, Blue Mountains and the surrounding forests.”
A third document identified Lithgow jail as a target.
Jibryl Almaouie and his brother Mohamed Rashad Almaouie. Photo: Supplied
“InshaAllah if we make progress we will attack it,” the note said.
A torn and screwed up note found in Khalid’s kitchendescribed350litres of fuel for “motorbikes” and mentioned “long ones” and “short ones”.
Khalid also sent text messages in November relating to training for an attack.
“We’regonnatry to get in the master chefs competition.It depends what the master chefs conditions are cause there a lot of mad chefs out there that know how to cook pasta then u got chicken lamb sheep all kinds of nice tender foods,” hewrote.
Prosecutors’ statement of facts described the notes as serious.
“The documents demonstrate an active and real consideration of the type of terrorist act contemplated, and its target. They outline different methods for the commission of one or more acts of terrorism and set out possible targets.”
Ghazzawytold a psychologist he felt “uncomfortable” after the group’s meetings, and went along with it because he didn’t want to feel like a “nothing person”.
“I didn’t want anyone to think bad of me,” he said.
The four men and the teenagerawaiting sentencing will face a three-day hearing in October.
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