Two charged for Aussie plane bomb

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SYD­NEY: An Aus­tralian sent his un­sus­pect­ing brother to catch a flight car­ry­ing a home- made bomb dis­guised as a meat-min­cer built at the di­rec­tion of an Is­lamic State com­man­der, po­lice said.

De­tail­ing one of Aus­tralia’s “most so­phis­ti­cated” mil­i­tant plots, po­lice said yes­ter­day two men, who have been charged with ter­ror-re­lated of­fences, also planned to build a de­vice to re­lease poi­sonous gas in a pub­lic area.

High-grade mil­i­tary ex­plo- sives used to build the bomb were sent by air cargo from Turkey as part of a plot “in­spired and di­rected” by the IS, po­lice said.

The plot tar­geted an Eti­had Air­ways flight on July 15, but the bomb never made it past air­port security.

Po­lice al­leged one of the two men charged on Thurs­day had been in­tro­duced to the IS by his brother, who they said was a se­nior mem­ber of the group in Syria.

Un­der the in­struc­tion of the uniden­ti­fied IS com­man­der, the sus­pects built a “fully func­tion­ing IED” (im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice).

One of the broth­ers was un­aware he was car­ry­ing a bomb in his lug­gage and tried to check it in at the air­port, po­lice said.

Such a de­vice would work like a large grenade, ex­plod­ing with enough force to blow a hole in an air­plane, even if it went off in the cargo hold, said a security ex­pert in Mel­bourne. – Reuters

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