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Four arrested as Australian airport terror plot foiled

Four arrested as Australian airport terror plot foiled”

Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said security had been increased at the country's airports after police foiled a terrorist plot to bring down a plane.

In an earlier statement this morning, the Prime Minister's Office said the raids were "designed to disrupt and prevent plans to undertake terrorist attacks in Australia".

The Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin said the bomb plot was "Islamist-inspired terrorism". He further added that, "It may be that we need to look at the security settings at our airports, in particular, our domestic airports, for an ongoing enduring period".

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the most recent attack at a Melbourne apartment building last month, which resulted in the death of one man and three police officers wounded.

Colvin said on Sunday they are taking the plot very seriously as they believe the terror threat to be "credible" and that there was not only an intention to commit a terror attack, but likely also a capability.

"What is very clear is that, if these allegations were to have gone ahead, it would have been just an enormously terrible thing to have happened to our country", he said late Monday.

Keenan said while he can't go into specific details about the investigation, Australia's security agencies were constantly working to ensure public safety.

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Australian intelligence services have disrupted or stopped at least a dozen major terrorism plots since 2014, including one past year that would have seen a bomb detonated in central Melbourne, according to the government.

National Terrorism Threat Advisory System.

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton told reporters that the alleged plot to bring down an aircraft could prompt longer-term airport security changes.

The men were arrested on Saturday following previous raids in Sydney's suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

He added that travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points.

"The primary threat to Australia still remains lone actors", Keenan said.

No charges have been laid, but investigators have been granted extra time: seven days to interrogate the men in custody and uncover every aspect of the plot.

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