POLICE DISRUPT TERRORIST PLOT TO ‘BRING DOWN AN AIRPLANE’
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.