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Australian arrested over ISIL missile-design plot

An Australian was charged Tuesday (February 28th) with helping the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) develop high-tech weapons, AFP reported.

Haisem Zahab, a 42-year-old electrician, was working alone, said Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

"We will allege he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIL," Colvin said. "Firstly, by researching and designing a laser warning device to help warn against incoming guiding munitions used by coalition forces in Syria and Iraq."

"Secondly, we will also allege that he has been researching, designing and modelling systems to assist ISIL's efforts to develop their own long-range guided missile capabilities," he said.

Zahab appeared in court on two foreign incursion charges punishable by life imprisonment. He was refused bail and will reappear on March 8th.

Zahab, who was born in Australia, was allegedly in contact with networks linked to ISIL.

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