People were shocked in Australia, where the police revealed that it had placed under the surveillance of anti-terrorism authorities a 12-year-old boy, setting off the alarm about the spreading radicalization of increasingly younger people. The boy was listed in a legal document due to alleged terrorist activities, together with other boys suspected of having collaborated with Farhad Jabar, 15, who, at the beginning of October killed a policeman, Curtis Cheng, in Sidney, shouting slogans on religious grounds.
“We are shocked by the fact that a 12-year-old boy is under the radar of the police for this type of activity – said the Australian federal police chief, officer Andrew Colvin, to the Australian broadcaster Abc – the threat is evolving, it is growing younger”.
Australia announced last Tuesday a further escalation of the anti-terrorist laws, which brought to 14 the age at which a suspect can be placed under surveillance. Canberra fears especially the actions of the “lone wolves”, individuals inspired by jihadist groups such as Islamic State.