Four ar­rested in Syd­ney counter-ter­ror raids

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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.

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