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Australia ‘foils terror plot to bring down plane’

Four people were arrested in raids across Sydney

30 July 2017, 9:49am
At least one of the raids took place in the suburban area of Surry Hills
At least one of the raids took place in the suburban area of Surry Hills
Police in Australia have stopped a suspected plot to bring down an aeroplane, PM Turnbull has said.

Four people were arrested in raids across Sydney under the suspicion that they were planning a terrorist attack.

Investigators said they seized materials in the raids that could have been used to make an improvised explosive device.

Turnbull said the raids had been a “major joint counter-terrorism operation”.

He said extra security was in place at both domestic and international airports.

The raids took place in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

Australia’s national terror threat level remains at “probable”.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Colvin said the four men arrested were allegedly linked to Islamist-inspired plot. 

“In recent days, law enforcement has become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an IED (improvised explosive device),” he told a news conference.

Police did not yet have information on “the specific attack, the location, date or time”, he added. “I expect the investigation to be long and protracted”.

ABC reported that a woman in the Surry Hills area, who said her son and husband had been arrested, denied that they had any links to terrorism.