Australian PM Says Plot to Bring Down Plane Disrupted

Javier Howell
August 1, 2017

The head of the Australian Federal Police says travellers should be "very confident" in the security level at Australian airports. Four men, who were identified as Khaled Merhi, Abdul Merhi, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat, were arrested.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that increased security measures have been extended to all major global and domestic terminals throughout the nation, and that counter-terrorism operations were still ongoing.

Passengers have also been advised to limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage in order to streamline the security process, though there have been no changes to what passengers may bring on board.

Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before worldwide flights to allow ample time for screening.

"Nowhere is far away from anywhere else these days", Mr Turnbull said.

None of the four suspects arrested in five raids had been charged, Colvin said.

The increased security procedures were put in place after four men were arrested at the weekend in raids conducted across sseveral Sydney suburbs.

The plot was believed to be inspired by Islamic State, Colvin added. 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.

"Police will allege they had the intent and were developing the capability", Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnball said the plot appeared to be "elaborate" rather than a lone wolf attempt.

Mr Turnbull said the arrangements could remain for some time.

"So that's why the office of transport security has said get to the airport two hours before your flight".

Australia raised its terrorism threat level to "probable" in 2014 in response to threats posed by ISIS.

"Travellers should be prepared for additional scrutiny at screening points, and while it is important that Australians are aware of the increased threat, 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, night and day to keep Australians safe", he said.

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

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