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15-year-old British boy given life sentence over Australia terror plot

A "dangerous" 15-year-old boy from Blackburn has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of five years for orchestrating a "chilling" plot to attack Anzac Day celebrations in Australia.

The boy, who plotted the attack when he was 14, wanted police officers to be beheaded at a parade in Melbourne in April. He pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas in July - making him Britain's youngest terrorist.

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Anzac Day plot teen took on role of 'organiser and adviser'

A 15-year-old, who has been sentenced to at least five years for his involvement in plotting an Anzac Day terror attack in Australia, took on the role of "organiser and adviser", a court heard.

The plan was to stage the attack on the centenary of the First World War Anzac landings on 25 April. Credit: Reuters

The teenager from Blackburn, who was 14 at the time, exchanged more than 3,000 messages with alleged Australian jihadist 18-year-old Sevdet Besim after he became radicalised by online Islamic State propaganda.

The plot was said to be in its "late stages" when authorities in Britain and Australia intervened and Besim was arrested in possession of a knife a week before the annual war remembrance event.

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