Sydney 'ISIS member' 'had recipes for homemade bombs'

Terror police have arrested a Western Sydney man who allegedly had details on how to make improvised explosives.

Sydney 'ISIS member' 'had recipes for homemade bombs'

Terror police have arrested a Western Sydney man who allegedly had details on how to make improvised explosives.

The Australian Federal Police and NSW Police Force said the man is a member of the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

The 24-year old was arrested in Chester Hill in the city's west yesterday and has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation. He will face Parramatta Local Court later today.

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Police will further allege the man's rhetoric online was escalating, that he had collected a large amount of extremist material and he was in possession of several improvised explosive recipes.

Australian Federal Police Commander Counter Terrorism Investigations Stephen Dametto said the man posed a "significant risk" to the community.

"The actions of this man do not represent the Islamic faith. His actions are criminal and they represent hatred and terror," Commander Dametto said.

"We will allege in court that this man was a member of ISIS and it shows there are still those in the community that seek to do us harm. The items found show that this individual posed a significant risk to the Australian community.

"This investigation shows that the influence of IS remains an enduring threat and it maintains the ability to inspire and radicalise individuals in Australia.

The arrest follows a seven-month investigation into the man by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

The maximum jail term for being a member of an organised terror group, if convicted, is 10 years.

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Police are urging anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community to come forward or contact The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.

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He later handed them in to police in the western city of Cologne.

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The other is a portrait of a boy by the 17th-century Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten, date unknown.

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