Turn­bull: 4 ar­rested in plot to down plane

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Aus­tralian po­lice foiled a plot to bring down a plane and ar­rested four men in raids in sev­eral Sydney sub­urbs, the prime min­is­ter said Sun­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said that se­cu­rity has been in­creased at Sydney Air­port since Thurs­day be­cause of the plot and were ex­tended to all ma­jor ter­mi­nals around Aus­tralia overnight.

“I can re­port last night that there has been a ma­jor joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion to dis­rupt a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane,” Turn­bull told re­porters. “The op­er­a­tion is con­tin­u­ing.”

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice Com­mis­sioner An­drew Colvin said de­tails were scant on the specifics of the at­tack, the lo­ca­tion and tim­ing.

“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 de­vise,” he said.

There was no ev­i­dence that air­port se­cu­rity had been com­pro­mised, Colvin said. “We be­lieve it’s Is­lamic-in­spired ter­ror­ism,” he added.

Seven Net­work TV re­ported that 40 riot squad of­fi­cers wearing gas masks stormed a Sydney house, and an ex­plo­sives team found a sus­pi­cious de­vice.

None of the four sus­pects ar­rested in five raids has been charged, Colvin said.

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