Schoolgirl, man arrested in Australia in connection with ISIS fundraising

Australian police arrested the pair in Guildford, a western suburb of Sydney.

Story highlights

  • Financing terrorism carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years
  • Police deputy commissioner says there is a growing number of teenagers becoming involved in terrorist activities
  • No new specific threat to Australia

(CNN)Australian police have arrested a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl in suburban Sydney on suspicion of transferring money overseas to fund ISIS.

New South Wales Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters Tuesday that the two -- their identities withheld -- were obtaining money and sending it to ISIS to assist with the terror organization's activities. Their charge -- financing terrorism -- potentially carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to Burn.
    The charge will be formally announced when the two suspects appear in court. Burn didn't specify how the money was raised but added that there are a number of people involved in similar activities in the country, which the police are investigating.