Tongan teen wife arrested over suspected terrorist attack.

Sydney Terrorism Police have arrested the 18-year-old Tongan teen bride suspected of being a supporter of ISIS and alleged planning terror attack in Sydney.

Alo-Bridget Namoa of Auburn was arrested at the home of a relative about 10.30am Wednesday 23 in the western Sydney suburb of Guildford by a team of counter-terrorism police.

The arrest according to police did not relate to any “new specific threat” but rather the ongoing investigations of counter terrorism police.

Namoa is the first Tongan woman to be arrested in relation to terrorist activities. She is also the second woman in Australia’s history to be charged  with terrorism offences, after Fatima Elomar, wife of the late Islamic State fighter, Mohamed Elomar, admitted supporting his involvement in armed hostilities in Syria.

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Relatives of Alo-Bridget Namoa outside Central Local Court in Sydney on Thursday, February 11. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Tongan international community responded with mixed reaction to Namoa’s alleged terrorist involvement, with many expressed their shock a Tongan teen, married and originally belong to  a Christian  family can get involved  in such global violent activities, while others stood by her and asked the community to pray for Namoa.

She is expected to be charged with recklessly possessing an item connected to a terrorist act and recklessly collecting documents connected to a terrorist act.

Namoa was bailed out last month after she has been charged with 31 counts of refusing to answer questions about why her and her husband, Sameh Bayda, were downloading Islamic State propaganda.

One of the questions she refused to answer was why she sent a text message to her husband referring to themselves as a “jihadi Bonnie and Clyde”.

Refusing to answer questions in court is an offence in Sydney that carries a maximum penalty of two years’ jail.

Alo BrogateHer Lawyer said Namoa who married an alleged terrorist and is now facing possible jail time herself, is just a “troubled” girl who loves Bayda, who she married in December last year. Bayda faced terror charges for allegedly collecting documents on how to commit a stabbing and make a bomb, theDaily Telegraph reported.

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Alo Bridget Namoa appeared in court today. Photo/Facebook
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Alo-Bridget Namoa’s husband Sameh Bayda is currently in prison. Photo/Supplied

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Crown Prosecutor David Anderson said the text message showed Namoa was a “willing participant” and not influenced by her husband.

According to Sydney media, “Her family are absolutely devastated, they are shocked at the way things transpired”.  “They were helping her in every way they could to comply with her bail and there is no suggestion she was not complying with bail.”

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  1. Kuo puke he ʻahó niʻ i Senē ʻe he kau polisí ʻa ʻAlo Bridget Namoa ki he mahaloʻi ki he poupou fakatautoitoi pehē foki ki hano faʻufaʻu ke fakahoko ha ngāue fakatautoitoi.

    Naʻe puke ʻa e fefine Tonga taʻu 18 ni mei he ʻapi hono kāinga he taimi 10.30 png ʻi he uēsite ʻo Seneé kolo ko ia ko Guildford.

    Ko e puke ko ʻeni ʻoku ʻikai makatuʻunga ʻi ha toe fakaʻilo foʻou ka ko e hokohoko atu pe ʻo e ngāue ʻa e kau polisí ki hono fakafepakiʻi ʻo e ngāue fakatautoitoí mo ia ne muʻaki tukuakiʻi ki ai ʻa Namoa ʻi he ngaahi uike kuo maliu atú.

    Maʻu foki ʻe he kau polisí ne ne feinga ke taunilouti mei he initanetí ʻa e ngaahi fakamatala ʻokú ne tuʻuaki ʻa e kau tautoitoi ISIS pea ne talanoa holo pe ʻa ʻene fie tuʻu ke poupou ki he kulupu ni.

    Ne toe maʻu ʻe he kau polisí ʻa e ngaahi ʻata ʻo ha tuʻusi ʻulu, fakapō fakalilifu fakatautoitoi ʻi heʻene telefoni toʻotoʻó.

    Kuo fakahā foki ʻe he loea ʻa Namoá ki he mitia Seneé ʻoku fepaki e fāmili tonu ʻo e fefiné ni mo ha faingataʻaʻia lahi tuʻunga pe he ngaahi tukuakiʻi ko ʻeni kuo fai kia Namoa kae ʻi he taimi tatau ʻoku nau tuʻu pe ʻi hono tafaʻaki ke tokoniʻi ia ʻi he taimi fakamamahí ni.

    Ko Namoa ‘a e fuofua fefine Tonga ke puke koeʻuhi ko hono poupouʻi e ngāue fakatautoitoí. Ko e toe fefine ʻaki foki ia hono ua ‘i he hisitōlia ʻo ʻAositelēliá ke puke ʻo fakaʻilo mahaloʻi ki he ngaahi hia fakatautoitoi hili ia hono puke ʻa e uaifi ʻo e tangata ʻIsilami kuo pekia ko Mohamed Elomar ʻa ia ne ne fakahā ʻa ʻene poupouʻi ʻa e kau tautoitoi ʻi Siliá.

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