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British Teen Charged With Plotting Two Australian Terror Attacks

Police allege the 14-year-old has been inciting terrorism overseas.

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A 14-year-old British boy has been charged with allegedly planning two Australian terror plots, including an ANZAC Day in Melbourne parade attack later this month.

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UK anti-terrorism police in the north-west brought the charges against the boy on Thursday after his arrest earlier this week.

"The first allegation is that, between 15 and 26 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to commit an act of terrorism, namely to carry out an attack at an ANZAC parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people," said Deborah Walsh from the Crown Prosecution Service.

"The second allegation is that on 18 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to behead someone in Australia."

Australian police linked the boy to the arrest of five teenagers in Melbourne raids last week. One of them, 18-year-old Sevdet Besim has already been charged with conspiring to attack the Melbourne ANZAC parade this weekend.

Police alleged at a hearing in Melbourne's supreme court this week, Besim spoke to the 14-year-old British boy on the phone about the plot, ABC News reported.

Officers do not believe there was any plans to carry attack in the UK.

The Lancashire teenager is expected to appear in a London court on Friday.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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