Homeland Security says it is 'closely following' Australia terror plot

Homeland Security says it is 'closely following' Australia terror plot

Homeland Security says it is 'closely following' Australia terror plot

Four men were arrested in raids across the city on Saturday.

Speculation is rife, but media outlets are reporting on two suspected scenarios - an alleged attempt to smuggle an improvised explosive device onto an aircraft, hidden inside a kitchen meat-grinder, or to smuggle onboard a device that would release noxious gas to kill or incapacitate passengers.

Police said they had seized materials that could have been used to make an improvised explosive device. They are being held under anti-terror legislation that gives investigators a week to bring charges, but requires a magistrate's periodic review and consent.

Mr Dutton advised passengers to arrive at airports three hours before worldwide flights and two hours for domestic flights in order to clear the heightened security.

What was the alleged plot?

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Mick Fuller is the police commissioner for New South Wales.

"At this stage, we don't have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time", he said.

Australia's terrorism threat level remains in the middle at "probable", the Prime Minister said, between "possible" and "expected".

Four men arrested in raids in Sydney late Saturday — two Lebanese-Australian fathers and their sons — had yet to be charged.

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What are police doing now?

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller pointed that the reality with terrorism is that one could not wait.

"This is about prevention, it is fair to say, you have no choice but to jump in. we'll be taking action when we don't have all the pieces of the puzzle to put together".

Mr Turnbull said the government had put in place additional security measures at Sydney airport on Thursday following advice and had extended those and "further measures" to all domestic and global terminals at major airports.

"This is now the 13th terrorist plot which has been disrupted by our agencies since 2014", he said.

Australia's terrorism threat level hasn't been changed following the raids.

What is the impact on travel?

Travellers are being told to arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before global flights.

"Be assured we have the finest security and intelligence services in the world and they are working, as is my government, and all our governments around Australia to keep Australians safe", Turnbull said.

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