Plane Terrorist Attack Foiled In Australia

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

A large-scale security operation is under way in Sydney where four men have been arrested.

Australian Federal Police and NSW Police officers work in the Surry Hills suburb of Sydney.

"This investigation remains ongoing and further information will be provided at an appropriate time", the police said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters he would not draw any conclusions beyond one man's release.

It's also possible the men meant to gas the plane passengers - several sources told The Australian that the device found would have emitted a toxic, sulphur-based gas to knock out everyone on board. They haven't been charged yet, but a court on Sunday granted cops permission to interrogate the men for up to a week, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Qantas confirmed today passengers should arrive much earlier for domestic Australian flights in order to deal with new security protocols in place following police raids that authorities say disrupted a suspected terrorist cell plotting an attack on an aircraft.

Etihad Airways, the smallest of three long-haul Gulf carriers that fly to Australia, refused to confirm if it had been a target.

Travellers were warned last night to expect major delays at the nation's airports as authorities rolled out extra security measures to counter what sources said was a fast-moving, still unfolding terror conspiracy, the full extent of which was not yet known.

Etihad Airways said Tuesday it was helping Australian police with their investigation, amid a report from Sydney's Daily Telegraph that one of the airline's flights to Abu Dhabi was the target.

The airline said Australia has very strong safeguards in place at its airports and these changes are about making them even stronger.

Australia's Nine Network television reported on Tuesday that one of the suspects had tried to check in on an global flight, and that might have been a test run to see if they could get a meat grinder on board as carry-on luggage.

But the Turnbull government has vehemently denied that it was pushed into the raids by British threats to issue a public travel warning about Australian flights.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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