Australian authorities thwart terror plot to 'take down' an airplane

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 1, 2017

In an address to the media, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said increased security measures have been implemented at airports across the country.

"The operation is continuing", he added.

In the wake of the disrupted plot, air passengers faced long lines at Sydney's domestic airport terminal on Monday morning, with boosted security checks.

"In recent days, law enforcement has been become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an improvised devise", Colvin said.

Added security measures were enacted in Sydney on Thursday when police obtained an indication of a potential threat.

Australian Federal Police said the plot, believed by officials to be Islamist-inspired, involved an improvised device targeting the aviation industry.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller pointed that the reality with terrorism is that one could not wait.

Investigators believe that because of the sophistication of the plot, the men might have had some overseas direction, the paper reported. The terror threat level has been elevated to "probable" and increased security measures have been implemented for both domestic and worldwide flights in Australia.

"Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be", he said of the current security arrangements.

An alleged terror plot to bring down a plane has been thwarted by authorities while airport security tightens across the country.

Mr Turnbull advised travellers in Australia to arrive at airports earlier than usual - two hours before departure - to allow for extra security screening. Passengers are now being asked to arrive at terminals two hours before scheduled domestic departures and three hours before global flights to allow extra time for security screening.

Heavily armed police carried out raids at several properties, in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, and the southwest suburbs of Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

An AFP spokesman told Reuters the four men, who were arrested on Saturday, had not been charged as of Sunday afternoon.

"As a matter of course, the Australian government will continue to monitor security developments and adjust security settings as needed", he said.

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