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2 men charged with terrorism in Australian plane plot

2 men charged with terrorism in Australian plane plot”

Four men are now being questioned in relation to the alleged "Islamic-inspired" plot.

Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat have both been charged with two terrorism-related offences and were refused bail in Parramatta Local Court today.

The deputy commissioner said their plans were "completely disrupted".

The remaining three suspects will stay in detention under special powers which allow police to hold them for up to a week.

Police confirmed they have been searching six homes across Sydney following the raids on homes in Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park, Bankstown and two homes in Punchbowl.

The components of the IED were sent through worldwide air cargo by the ISIS operative to the accused men, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner National Security Michael Phelan said in a press conference on Friday.

"We mobilised quickly and from my perspective we stopped what would have been a awful crime", Mr Fuller said.

Phelan said components and precursor chemicals of the hydrogen sulphide bomb were located during searches on properties in Sydney over the last few days but the plot had now been "completely disrupted".

The Prime Minister said the aviation threat level has now been downgraded after temporarily being raised when the plot was first discovered.

"This means they must manage security risks at their airports through measures such as access controls, fencing, barriers and CCTV".

Australian Federal Police (AFP) did not confirm the media reports which stated that the bomb was disguised in a meat grinder or that there was a plan to release the poisonous gas inside an aircraft.

"Earlier this year the Government provided all regional airports with assistance in maintaining and managing security", Mr Hogan said.

He said Mr Merhi's family was also in shock and that his life had been "turned upside down".

'It's been full steam ahead in relation to security, legislation, police and intelligence, all at the expense of community resilience and building up protective mechanisms within vulnerable communities, ' he told AAP.

However, he said he had the "challenge of protecting the people of NSW". You can remain anonymous.



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