A supplied image obtained Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers during an operation at Raby in south-west Sydney. A 20-year-old Raby man and a 15-year-old male from Georges Hall were arrested at their homes this morning, and then later charged with conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act.
A supplied image obtained Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers during an operation at Raby in south-west Sydney. A 20-year-old Raby man and a 15-year-old male from Georges Hall were arrested at their homes this morning, and then later charged with conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act. AAP Image - NSW Police

Boy, 15, arrested in terror raids was surveilled for a year

A 15-year-old boy arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday had been under surveillance for more than a year and had been convicted on firearms charges, a court has heard.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was among a group of five men who were on Thursday charged with conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act.

He applied for bail at Parramatta Children's Court through his barrister.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bruce Wells argued against the boy's release and said he posed a risk to the safety of the community.

Sergeant Wells said the boy used coded text messages to communicate with his co-accused about becoming a martyr.

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