MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian teen is accused of planning to use explosive kangaroos in an ISIS attack aimed at police.
According to NBC News, Sevdet Besim, 19, planned to pack a kangaroo with explosives, paint it with the ISIS symbol and set it loose on police on Anzac Day — a day to commemorate those who served and died in war.
The Melbourne Age newspaper reported that Besim denied all charges against him during his court appearance on Thursday.
In addition to his kangaroo plot, Besim is accused of planning to run over and behead a police officer.
Federal authorities in Australia told the paper that Besim had been discussing the kangaroo plot with a person overseas.
“The conversation continues with Besim detailing what he did that day and they have a general discussion around animals and wildlife in Australia, including a suggestion that a kangaroo could be packed with C4 explosive, painted with the IS symbol and let loose on police officers,” the prosecution summary said, according to the Melbourne Age newspaper.
Besim was first arrested in April last year, shortly before Anzac Day, which is April 25.
Police told NBC News they suspected Besim was linked to Numan Haider, who stabbed two Melbourne officers in 2014.
If convicted, could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.