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ELEANOR HALL: A radical Islamic group based in Melbourne's south-east has confirmed that the Muslim teenager that police shot dead last night was once a member of their group.

Australian Federal Police officers targeted the group during a series of terrorism raids in 2012.

As Alison Caldwell reports.

ALISON CALDWELL: Eighteen-year-old Abdul Numan Haider was an Australian citizen from Narre Warren in Melbourne's south-east. His family came from Afghanistan.

He was once associated with the radical Islamic group known as Al-Furqan, based in Melbourne's south-east.

The Al-Furqan Islamic Centre in Springvale hosts a religious instruction school, along with lectures and discussions about Islam.

In September 2012, the centre and its members drew the attention of Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police.

At the time, Melbourne's mainstream Islamic organisations considered some of those associated with the Al-Furqan centre as fringe dwellers who courted controversial views.

Their leader was a Bosnian-Australian man called Sheikh Harun or Abu Talha who once extolled the virtues of jihad.

In one of several videos uploaded to YouTube in 2012, he condemns Muslims who consider working for ASIO or the Australian army or police.

ABU TALHA: I hope that none here thinking it is allowed to be soldier in Australian Army without losing your religion and out of Islam - American army, French army, British army, any army that belongs to the country that by origin is kaffir country, there is no doubt.

So I hope none here has any doubt. And I said army, then police, ASIO, AFP - all that nullify the religion of the person. Because you clear. You know that is a kaffir system.

ALISON CALDWELL: When the police raided 12 properties connected with members of Al-Furqan in 2012, they were interested in a group of men aged between 22 and 40 in Melbourne's south-east in suburbs including Springvale South, Narre Warren, Hallam and Ormond.

Guns, computers and a memory stick containing what police described as violent extremist materials were seized during the raids.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with possessing and collecting material in connection with the preparation of a terrorist act. His trial is due to start in October.

Ghaith Krayem is the secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

He spoke with the Al-Furqan group last night.

GHAITH KRAYEM: They are as distressed as anybody in the community about what occurred. My understanding is that a young man hasn't been with them for quite some time so they had no recent contact with him.

ALISON CALDWELL: Ghaith Krayem says last night's shooting highlights the need for state and federal governments to address the root causes of radicalisation and alienation.

GHAITH KRAYEM: What drives an 18-year-old young man to be in a situation where police need to speak to him about these incidents? We've been raising these matters with government for a long time, but all government wants to do is deal with these as an enforcement issue.

ALISON CALDWELL: On Numan Haider's Facebook page, he appears in photographs wearing military camouflage with an Islamic flag, alongside abusive messages towards ASIO and the Federal Police.

ELEANOR HALL: Alison Caldwell in Melbourne.