Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested by police in dramatic raids on his office high above the University of New South Wales on Thursday, after a colleague in the university’s IT business team found a notebook allegedly containing details of an ‘ISIS-affiliated’ terrorist plot planned for the Harbour City in the next few months.
SMH It is understood the targets of the allegedly graphic threats included former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, ex-foreign minister Julie Bishop and their Liberal Party colleague Bronwyn Bishop. The iconic landmarks included the Sydney Opera House as well as police and railway stations.
Fairfax Media understands that police are now tracking his financial transactions from the past few years to see if they went beyond sending money back to Sri Lanka.
Those who know the Sri Lankan postgraduate student were in shock after the arrest, with multiple friends and neighbours saying they couldn’t believe what Mr Nizamdeen is accused of doing. “I’m totally stunned,” said one friend. “Everyone says it, but he’s such a normal guy. I never would have expected it.” (They said the same thing about 9/11 lead hijacker, Mohammed Atta when he lived in Florida)