Aus­tralia foils plane bomb plot

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —STORY BY AFP

SYD­NEY— Aus­tralia has foiled an Is­lamist-in­spired “ter­ror­ist plot” to bring down an air­plane with an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive fol­low­ing the ar­rest of four peo­ple in raids across Syd­ney. Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said the plot ap­peared to be “elab­o­rate.” Syd­ney’s Daily Tele­graph re­ported that a lo­cal route had been the ob­jec­tive.

SYD­NEY— Aus­tralia has foiled a ji­hadist-in­spired “ter­ror­ist plot” to bring down an air­plane with an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive, au­thor­i­ties said on Sun­day, af­ter four peo­ple 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 beefed up at ma­jor do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports across the na­tion.

“I can re­port last night that there has been a ma­jor joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion to dis­rupt a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane.

“The threat of ter­ror­ism is very real. The dis­rup­tion opera- tion, the ef­forts overnight have been very ef­fec­tive but there’s more work to do,” Turn­bull told re­porters.

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

Ji­hadi-in­spired

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Colvin de­scribed the plot as “Is­lam­icin­spired,” say­ing 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 some- thing 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 state if the men were on any watch list.

Of great in­ter­est to the po­lice

“In re­cent days, law en­force­ment has be­come aware of in­for­ma­tion that sug­gested some peo­ple in Syd­ney were plan­ning to com­mit a ter­ror­ist at­tack us­ing an [ im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice],” he told re­porters.

He added that sev­eral items “of great in­ter­est to po­lice” had been seized in the raids but po- lice did not yet have a great deal of in­for­ma­tion on the spe­cific at­tack, lo­ca­tion, date or time. He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ex­pected to be “very long and pro­tracted.”

“How­ever, we’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­for­ma­tion in­di­cat­ing that the avi­a­tion in­dus­try was po­ten­tially a tar­get of that at­tack.”

Colvin would not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails, but the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp. (ABC) said po­lice found items that could be used to make a home­made bomb in one of the raided homes on Sat­ur­day.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieved they planned to smug­gle the de­vice onto a plane to blow it up, ABC added.

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—AFP

EV­I­DENCE OF PLOT Po­lice gather ev­i­dence out­side a house in the in­ner Syd­ney sub­urb of Surry Hills af­ter it was raided in a ma­jor joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion.

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