By: Glenda KWEK
Australia has foiled an Islamist-inspired “terrorist plot” to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive, authorities stated Sunday, after 4 individuals had been arrested in raids throughout Sydney.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated the plot appeared to be “elaborate” reasonably than deliberate by a lone wolf, as safety was beefed up at main home and worldwide airports throughout the nation.
“I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull advised reporters.
“The threat of terrorism is very real. The disruption operation, the efforts overnight have been very effective but there’s more work to do.”
Officials didn’t specify if the alleged plot concerned a home or worldwide flight, however Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported native route had been the target.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin described the plot as “Islamic-inspired”, saying 4 males had been arrested in a sequence of raids throughout Sydney on Saturday.
“We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something we need to investigate fully,” he stated.
Colvin added that native authorities had acquired “credible information from partner agencies” concerning the claims however wouldn’t elaborate additional or state if the lads had been on any watch record.
“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 IED (improvised explosive device),” he advised reporters.
He added that a number of objects “of great interest to police” had been seized in the raids however police didn’t but have quite a lot of data on the precise assault, the situation, date or time. He stated the investigation was anticipated to be “very long and protracted”.
“However, we’re investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack.”
– Police storm Sydney properties –
The males, whose ages haven’t been launched and haven’t but been charged by police, had been arrested Saturday when armed police stormed properties in at the least 4 neighbourhoods, together with in the internal metropolis.
The Seven Network reported 40 riot squad officers moved on one internal metropolis residence earlier than an explosives group discovered a suspicious gadget, though police wouldn’t affirm this.
TV footage confirmed a person with a bandage on his head and draped in a blanket being led away by authorities.
National broadcaster ABC quoted a girl as saying her son and husband had been arrested in the raids, however denied they’d hyperlinks to terrorism.
Turnbull stated the national terror alert degree, which was raised on September 2014 amid rising issues over assaults by people impressed by organisations comparable to Islamic State, would stay at possible.
Canberra has launched new national safety legal guidelines since then, whereas counter-terrorism police have additionally made a string of arrests.
A complete of 12 assaults, earlier than the most recent announcement, have been prevented in the previous few years, whereas 70 individuals have been charged, Justice Minister Michael Keenan stated.
“The primary threat to Australia still remains lone actors, but there’s still the ability for people to have sophisticated plots and sophisticated attacks still remain a real threat,” he advised reporters Sunday.
The prime minister added that the alleged plan appeared to be “more in that category of an elaborate plot”.
Several terror assaults have taken place in Australia in latest years, together with a Sydney cafe siege in 2014 the place two hostages had been killed and the homicide of a Sydney police worker in 2015 by a 15-year-old boy.
By: Agence France-Presse