Four arrested in Sydney counter-terror raids
Sydney, Australia - Four persons were arrested in a series of raids across Sydney on Saturday which the prime minister said were carried out to foil plans for terrorist attacks in Australia.
Armed police stormed homes in at least four neighbourhoods, including in the inner city.
“The New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team has conducted multiple searches across Sydney today, resulting in the arrest of four men,” police said in a statement.
“These searches and the broader investigation remain ongoing, and further information will be made available at the appropriate time.”
The Seven Network reported 40 riot squad officers moved on one inner city home before an explosives team found a suspicious device, although police would not confirm this.
TV footage showed a man with a bandage on his head and draped in a blanket being led away by authorities.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged people to ‘remain alert’. “These operations are designed to disrupt and prevent plans to undertake terrorist attacks in Australia,” he said.
Australian officials have grown increasingly concerned about the threat of extremist attacks and have prevented 12 on home soil since September 2014, with more than 60 people charged. But five have taken place, mostly with guns.