Australian police have searched two properties in cities on the New South Wales (NSW) mid-north coast linked to the investigation into Friday’s mass shootings at mosques within the New Zealand metropolis of Christchurch.
Police stated search warrant was executed on Monday morning by the state’s Joint Counter Terrorism Group (JCTT) at a house within the city of Sandy Seashore, close to Coffs Harbour, and shortly after one other warrant was executed at a house in Lawrence, close to Maclean.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police declined to establish the house owners of the properties.
“The first goal of the exercise is to formally receive materials that will help New Zealand Police of their ongoing investigation,” the businesses stated in a joint assertion.
WATCH: Household of Christchurch suspect ‘gobsmacked’
They stated the household of the Australian man arrested in Christchurch over the shootings had been aiding police.
Australian media stated one of many properties belonged to the sister of suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who was charged in New Zealand with homicide on Saturday.
Tarrant, who previously lived in Grafton in the identical area the place the police searches passed off, has been remanded with no plea and is due again in court docket on April 5 the place police stated he was prone to face extra prices.
New Zealand, a rustic that has historically had very low murder charges, has been positioned on its highest safety risk stage after its worst peacetime mass killing. Fifty individuals had been killed and dozens wounded within the assault at two mosques.
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AUSTRALIA ASSESSES THREAT
Australia is at present assessing danger posed by right-wing extremism and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Monday chair a gathering of the nationwide safety committee, a supply conversant in the matter informed Reuters.
Morrison will likely be briefed by Duncan Lewis, head of the Australian Safety Intelligence Organisation, and AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin on the native response to the mass capturing, the supply stated.
The chance of an Australian terror assault stays at “possible,” the midpoint of a five-level terror risk rating that was launched in 2015.