An Islamist-inspired, “elaborate” terroristplot to bring down an aeroplane with an improvised device has been thwarted, but travellers should expect delays at major airports as security is beefed up.
Four people have been arrested and are in custody after the NSW counter-terrorism team conducted raids across the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park overnight, with searches expected to take many more hours or days.
Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin said law enforcement had become aware of 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.
“We have taken this threat very…
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