4 in Aussie plane plot planned to use gas or crude bomb

New Straits Times - - World -

SYD­NEY: Four men ac­cused of plot­ting to bring down a plane planned to use poi­sonous gas or a crude bomb dis­guised as a meat min­cer, re­ports said yes­ter­day, with of­fi­cials call­ing prepa­ra­tions “ad­vanced”.

The men, re­port­edly two Le­banese-Aus­tralian fa­thers and their sons, were ar­rested in raids here on Satur­day.

The Syd­ney Daily Tele­graph said they al­legedly planned to carry the de­vice on board a com­mer­cial flight here to a Mid­dleEast des­ti­na­tion as hand lug­gage.

It said the idea was to use wood scrap­ings and ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial in­side a piece of kitchen equip­ment, such as a minc­ing ma­chine.

The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald also re­ported that a min­cer was be­ing ex­am­ined, while The Aus­tralian news­pa­per cited sources as say­ing it was a “non-tra­di­tional” de­vice that could have emit­ted a toxic sul­phur-based gas.

This, it said, would have killed or im­mo­bilised ev­ery­one on the air­craft.

A mag­is­trate on Sun­day gave po­lice an ad­di­tional seven days to de­tain the men, who have not been of­fi­cially named, with­out charge.

Po­lice con­tin­ued to gather ev­i­dence yes­ter­day at the five homes raided, warn­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be “very long and pro­tracted”. AFP

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