A teenage supporter of the terrorist group Islamic State, who gained notoriety after an appearance on television last week, has been arrested over an alleged religious attack on a cleaner at a western Sydney shopping centre. In an incident that raises fears of growing Muslim violence in Australia, the 19-year-old, who goes by the Islamic alias Abu Bakr, allegedly verbally abused, threatened and intimidated a store owner at Bankstown Central shopping centre.
SMH (h/t Cathari) He was kicked out of the centre by security but allegedly returned 1½ hours later and again abused the man, who was still cleaning. Security again escorted Abu Bakr and a friend out of the centre and called police, who launched an investigation. Police sources told Fairfax Media the alleged abuse was being treated as a religious “hate crime”. A spokeswoman said the cleaner did not know the teenager and he was “fearful”.
Abu Bakr walked off the set of SBS program Insight last week after being quizzed on his passport cancellation and his support for the gruesome actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He is one of a growing number of young Sydneysiders who are outspoken in their support of the terrorist group.