Lug­gage screen­ing in­ten­si­fied af­ter Aus­tralia air­plane plot

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CAN­BERRA, Aus­tralia — Se­cu­rity re­mained height­ened in air­ports around Aus­tralia with more in­tense screen­ing of lug­gage af­ter law en­force­ment of­fi­cials thwarted what a po­lice chief de­scribed to­day as a “cred­i­ble at­tempt to at­tack an air­craft.”

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton de­clined to com­ment on news­pa­per re­ports that Is­lamist ex­trem­ists planned to kill the oc­cu­pants of a plane with poi­son gas and that a home­made bomb was to be dis­guised as a kitchen min­cer.

“Po­lice will al­lege they had the in­tent and were de­vel­op­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity,” Turn­bull told Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp.

Turn­bull an­nounced on Sun­day that “a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane” had been dis­rupted, but re­vealed few de­tails.

Four men ar­rested in raids in Syd­ney late Satur­day — two Lebanese-Aus­tralian fa­thers and their sons — had yet to be charged.

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