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16-year-old charged with terrorism after Sydney church stabbing

SYDNEY (XINHUA) – A 16-year-old boy was charged with a terrorism offence yesterday in relation to a stabbing in an Australian church earlier this week.

At around 7.10pm local time on Monday, emergency services were called to a church in Wakeley, Sydney following reports of a stabbing.

Officers found a 53-year-old man suffering significant injuries to his head, while a 39-year-old man also sustained lacerations and a shoulder wound.

The 16-year-old, who had been restrained by members of the public, was arrested by police at the scene.

The New South Wales Police Force confirmed in a statement that investigators attended a medical facility to interview the boy yesterday afternoon.

“He was charged with committing a terrorist act under section 101.1 Criminal Code Act (Commonwealth) 1995, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life,” said the police.

A police officer lifts tape to let a car into the church in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO: AFP