Australia foils Islamist-inspired terror attack

Israel National News reports: “Australia has foiled an Islamist-inspired ‘terrorist plot’ to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive, authorities said on Saturday night, after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plot appeared to be ‘elaborate’ rather than planned by a lone wolf, according to AFP.

‘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 told 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,’ he added.

Officials did not specify if the alleged plot involved a domestic or international flight, but Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that a local route had been the objective.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin described the plot as ‘Islamic-inspired’, saying four men had been arrested in a series of raids across Sydney on Saturday.

‘We do believe it is Islamic-inspired terrorism. Exactly what is behind this is something we need to investigate fully,’ he said, according to AFP…”

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