Sydney, July 30: Security has been beefed up after NSW counter-terrorism team arrested four men who have been taken into custody after Australia police foiled an Islamist inspired terrorist plot to ‘bring down’ an aeroplane. The number one priority of my Government and my commitment to the Australian people is to keep them safe, said PM Malcolm Turnbull after the plot was foiled.
Four people have been arrested after the NSW counter-terrorism team conducted raids across the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park. Also, Australian police along with NSW are likely to conduct raids in more areas of Sydney.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said law enforcement had become aware of the information in recent days that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to “commit a terrorist act using an improvised device”.
“At this time, we don’t have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time, however, we’re investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack,” he said earlier.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that “major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an aero plane.” Further, he also said that additional security measures have been extended to all the major airports across the country. “Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be. Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points,” Turnbull added.
“While it is important that Australians are aware of the increased threat, be assured we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world and they are working, as is my government and all our governments around Australia, night and day, to keep Australians safe” he assured.