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“Radicalised” boy killed by police in Perth after stabbing

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Police confirmed the boy was part of a program for young people radicalised online.
A 16-year-old boy has been killed by WA Police after stabbing a member of the public. Police confirmed the boy was part of a program for young people radicalised online.

A 16-year-old boy, who was in a program for young people radicalised online, has been killed by WA police after stabbing a member of the public.

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WA Premier Roger Cook and WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch confirmed police killed the boy on Saturday night after he stabbed a member of the public in a Bunnings carpark in Willetton, a suburb in south Perth.

At a press conference on Sunday morning, police said they had received an emergency call around 10pm from a teenager who said he planned to commit acts of violence.

The member of the public is in a “serious but stable condition” after the stabbing.

Online radicalisation

Blanch said it “certainly had the hallmarks of [a terrorist] attack”, but that it hadn’t been formally declared as such.

Police also confirmed the boy was part of a program for people radicalised online. They confirmed he acted alone, and there is no active threat to the community at this time.

Govt response

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said there is “no place for violent extremism in Australia”.

Albanese said he’s been advised that there’s no threat to the community.

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