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Australian teen accused of IS planning, pleads guilty

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to the charge in court of preparing to carry out an Islamic State (IS)-inspired terror attack in Melbourne.

The 17-year-old male, from Melbourne, entered the plea in Supreme Court on Monday, Xinhua reported.

The teenager was arrested in May after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided his home. However, cannot be identified for legal reasons.

In the raid operation, police confiscated a number of strange items, including a pressure cooker, suspicious powder as well as nails and screws, which they alleged is involved in making of any improvised explosive device (IED).

Earlier this year, court documents revealed that police had uncovered an encrypted file entitled “Pressure Cooker Backpack Bomb with Switch Detonator and Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” on the teenager’s computer.

Police even discovered IS and Al-Qaeda propaganda material in the boy’s possession.

The AFP agents believe the boy was planning to hold a suicide attack on Mother’s Day, Australia’s national day of appreciation for mothers, on May 10 2015.

Initially the teen was charged with three counts of terrorism-related offences, but on Monday the prosecution withdrew two of the charges.

As the boy is under the age of 18, the teen’s lawyer had sought to have the case heard in the Victorian Children’s Court. However, the following move was rejected by the judge due to the seriousness of the matter.

According to prosecutors, he is going to face a directions hearing in the county courton Thursday next week.

The teen did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

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