Sydney homes searched over ‘plane bomb plot’
Australian police are searching five properties in Sydney over a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane.
Four men were arrested in raids across the city late on Saturday.
Police said they had seized materials that could have been used to make an explosive device. Local media said the plot may have involved a meat mincer.
The men can be held for seven days without charge after a magistrate granted police special counter-terrorism powers.
The suspects are reported to include a father and his adult son.
Authorities have increased security measures at Australian airports, prompting lengthy queues and passenger confusion.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the men arrested were allegedly linked to an Islamist-inspired plan to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED).
He said police did not yet have information on “the specific attack, the location, date or time”.
Senior government minister Peter Dutton would not comment on reports that the suspected plot involved concealing a device in a kitchen meat grinder, or an allegation in The Australian newspaper about the possible use of poisonous gas.
“I do not want to go into the detail, but… there was a significant threat that [police and intelligence officials] dealt with and are in the process of dealing with,” said Mr Dutton, who will soon oversee all of Australia’s domestic security agencies.
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