Aus­tralia foils ‘ter­ror plot’ to bring down air­plane

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Syd­ney, Aus­tralia - Aus­tralia has foiled an Is­lamist-in­spired ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­craft with an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice, au­thor­i­ties said on Sun­day, af­ter four per­sons were ar­rested in raids across Syd­ney.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said the plot ap­peared to be ‘ elab­o­rate’ rather than planned by a lone wolf, as se­cu­rity was strength­ened at ma­jor do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports across the na­tion.

“I can re­port last night that there has been a ma­jor joint counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tion to dis­rupt a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane,” Turn­bull told re­porters. “The threat of ter­ror­ism is very real. The dis­rup­tion op­er­a­tion, the ef­forts overnight have been very ef­fec­tive but there’s more work to do.”

Of­fi­cials did not spec­ify if the al­leged plot in­volved a do­mes­tic or in­ter­na­tional flight, but the Daily Tele­graph re­ported that a lo­cal route was the ob­jec­tive.

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Colvin de­scribed the plot as ‘Is­lamic-in­spired’ and said four men had been ar­rested in a se­ries of raids across Syd­ney on Satur­day.

“We do be­lieve it is Is­lam­icin­spired ter­ror­ism. Ex­actly what is be­hind this is some­thing we need to in­ves­ti­gate fully,” he said.

Colvin added that lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had re­ceived ‘cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion from part­ner agen­cies’ about the claims but would not elab­o­rate fur­ther or say if the men had been on any watch list.

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