Boy (12) arrested in Austria, could be linked to Islamist extremist network
The youngster is said to have been radicalised by a so-called hate preacher.
LONDON - A 12-year-old boy is believed to be among several people arrested in Austria on suspicion of belonging to a suspected Islamist extremist network.
The youngster is said to have been radicalised by a so-called hate preacher and to have been in close contact with another terror suspect, a 17-year-old who was arrested last week.
Authorities in Vienna have confirmed that one of the people arrested on suspicion of extremist activities is younger than 14, the age at which people can face trial in Austria.
His identity hasn’t been released but local reports suggest he’s a 12-year-old boy.
The child is believed to be one of three people arrested by authorities in Austria and neighbouring Germany over recent days as they investigate a suspected Islamist extremist network.
The other suspects are said to be a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old.
Forces in both countries have been on high alert since 12 people were killed during an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin a month ago.
(Edited by Neo Koza)