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Man charged with committing terrorist attack, attempted murder after alleged stabbing in Sydney

ABC News logo ABC News 11/09/2016 Lily Mayers

The reserve in Minto, south-west Sydney, where 59-year-old man was attacked. © ABC News The reserve in Minto, south-west Sydney, where 59-year-old man was attacked. A 22-year-old man charged with a terrorist attack in south-west Sydney was inspired by the so-called Islamic State group, NSW Police allege.

He is accused of stabbing a 59-year-old man a number of times at a reserve on Olhlfsen Road at Minto yesterday afternoon.

The victim remains in hospital in a serious condition.

"We will be alleging before court that this was an act inspired by ISIS," NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burns said.

The man is known to police, she added, but not for links to any known terror groups.

"[He is] not someone who was front and centre in our work at the moment," Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burns said.

Police said they were called to Ohlfsen Road, in Minto, yesterday afternoon, after a man was found with a number of alleged stab wounds.

Paramedics said the 59-year-old was treated at the scene for serious injuries before being taken to Liverpool Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

A short time later officers arrested a 22-year-old man nearby.

Officers said the man was questioned by police from the New South Wales Counter Terrorism Command at the Macquarie Fields Police Station.

The ABC understands the man is known to the local community for his religious beliefs. 

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