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Iraqi MP’s Sydney family target of attacks

An international criminal group has allegedly tried to extort a member of the Iraqi parliament through a series of attacks on his family’s home in Sydney’s southwest.

NSW police say a joint investigation by Australian and Canadian authorities has led to the arrests of two people in each country.

Strike Force Mulach was established by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate multiple violent incidents at a home at Chester Hill between December 2019 and January this year.

Police say the incidents include:

* On December 5, 2019, four masked people – including one with a firearm – forced entry to the home on Campbell Hill Road, Chester Hill, assaulted the 16-year-old male occupant and stole cash

* On August 10, 2020, a shot was fired at the home but no one was injured.

* On February 5, 2021, a brick was used to smash the front window.

On February 14, 2021, a threatening note was left outside the home and a fire was lit on the front porch.

Police say throughout this period, the family received various demands for money and threats to their welfare via social media and letters left at their home.

Detectives linked the alleged online extortion attempts to an address in Canada before asking for help from Canadian authorities.

At dawn on Wednesday police raided properties at Blacktown and Seven Hills and seized several electronic devices and items of clothing relevant to the investigation.

Two men – aged 24 and 22 – were arrested at Blacktown and Seven Hills respectively and taken to Blacktown Police Station, where charges are expected to be laid.

In a co-ordinated operation, two simultaneous search warrants were executed in Edmonton, Canada, by the Edmonton Police Cybercrime Unit, who seized a replica firearm and electronic devices.

A 33-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were arrested and are now in the custody of local authorities.

Police will address the media about the case later on Wednesday.

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