Prosecutors: Man planned kangaroo bomb

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 06:10:04-05

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian prosecutors allege a teenage suspect discussed with a British accomplice ways to pack a kangaroo with explosives before setting it loose on police officers.

Sevdet Ramadan Besim was ordered in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday to stand trial on charges of planning an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers.

The 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to a plot to attack commemorative services in Melbourne or the neighboring city of Dandenong to mark ANZAC Day, the annual April 25 commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings in Turkey.

The campaign was the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. Besim faces a potential life sentence in prison.