PO­LICE DIS­RUPT TER­ROR­IST PLOT TO ‘BRING DOWN AN AIR­PLANE’

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

CANBERRA Po­lice dis­rupted the first al­leged plot in Aus­tralia to bring down an air­plane and ar­rested four men in raids on Syd­ney homes, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said se­cu­rity has been in­creased at Syd­ney Air­port as well as all ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic ter­mi­nals around Aus­tralia.

“I can re­port last night that there has been a ma­jor joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion to dis­rupt a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane,” Turn­bull told re­porters. “The op­er­a­tion is con­tin­u­ing.”

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Colvin said de­tails were scant on the specifics of the at­tack, the lo­ca­tion and tim­ing.

The plot­ters were ap­par­ently mak­ing a per­ox­ide­based ex­plo­sive de­vice rather than us­ing ni­trate-based chem­i­cals that can be de­tected by air­port se­cu­rity swab tests, said Deakin Uni­ver­sity se­cu­rity ex­pert Greg Bar­ton.

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