Arrested teens ‘planned IS-inspired attack’ says Sydney police

Police in Australia have alleged that two teenagers arrested on Wednesday were about to commit an attack inspired by the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The 16-year-old boys were arrested by a counter-terrorism team in a laneway behind a Muslim prayer hall.

They were allegedly carrying two bayonet-style knives purchased that day and notes pledging allegiance to IS.

At a news conference, police said the boys had been charged with terror-related offences.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp is reporting that one of the boys is the son of a convicted terrorist. Police declined to comment on that report.