Turnbull: 4 arrested in plot to down plane
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.