Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

20 Warrants out for Jihadis Who May Return

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

20 Warrants out for Jihadis Who May Return

Article excerpt

FEDERAL police have obtained 20 arrest warrants to hunt down Australian jihadis who journeyed to Iraq and Syria to wreak death and destruction.

Australian Federal Police in Turkey are working closely with local authorities to snare fighters they believe are planning to sneak over the border and return home after the fall of Islamic State.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said: "A real concern is a hardened Islamic State fighter returning from the conflict zone into Tullamarine airport (Melbourne), given the threat they may pose. If they do return to Australia, we want to be able to mitigate the risk with a priority of prosecuting (them)."

Among the 20 is Melbourne-born Neil Prakash, Australia's number one terrorist suspect, who is in custody in Turkey.

Since 2012, about 220 Australians have gone to Syria or Iraq. The AFP believes 40 have returned and of the 110 unaccounted for, many of them may be dead.

Officials say the biggest risk is lone-wolf attackers. …

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