Al-Shabaab came to local public attention in 2009 with Operation Neath, an investigation which resulted in five Melbourne men being charged with planning a mass shooting at Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney. Three of the men, all linked to al-Shabaab, were found guilty and sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.The Holsworthy conspirators had planned to launch a terror attack on Holsworthy army base, in New South Wales, and shoot and kill soldiers and others present. "The intention was to advance Islam by violence for the purposes of coercing or influencing the Australian Government by intimidation, or alternatively to intimidate the public or a section of the public." The plot was an example of a self-starting terrorist cell emerging autonomously from what began as an al-Shabaab support network.
Holsworthy Army Base Cell / Operation Neath
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