(Express Newsline, August 21) Bombs didn’t make it on plane because bag carrying them was 15 pounds overweight
(Sydney Morning Herald, August 22) Islamic cell tried to conceal one bomb in a large Barbie doll and another bomb in a kitchen meat grinder
(Daily Mail Australia, August 4) Etihad jet was carrying up to 412 business and economy passengers
(Sunday Express, July 30) Police described the alleged plot as “credible and elaborate”
(Daily Mail Online, July 30) 2 Lebanese-Australian father and son teams are the four men arrested
Daily Mail Online, July 29, 2017.
Security is heightened in airports across the country following the alleged Islamic-inspired terror plot that was thwarted on Saturday.
Heavily-armed police stormed a Surry Hills home in the inner east of Sydney at 4pm before officers raided properties in Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park resulting in the arrests of four men.
Commissioner Andrew Colvin addressed the media at a press conference on Sunday morning and said details about the alleged terror plot are still developing.
‘We don’t have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time, however, we’re investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack,’ AFP Commissioner Colvin said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated the raids were aimed at stopping an alleged terror plot to ‘bring down’ a plane and said security screening will take longer over the coming days.
‘Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be — those travelling should go about their business with confidence,’ Mr Turnbull said in a press conference on Sunday morning.
‘The office of transport security has advised security screening will take longer, and travellers should arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening.
‘They should limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage, as this will help to ensure that security screening is efficient.’
Virgin Australia released a statement on the extra security.
‘Passengers should arrive at least 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours before international flights to allow time for security screening,’ the statement read.
‘Passengers should limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage they travel with as this will help to ensure security screening is efficient.’
New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed that the four men in custody were yet to be charged.
Australia’s terror threat remains at probable.
Details are emerging of the terrifying alleged terrorist plot to blow up a plane that triggered a series of dramatic police raids across Sydney.
About 40 heavily-armed police stormed a Surry Hills home at 4pm before raiding properties in Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park in Sydney’s west.
An Islamist cell is accused of planning to bring down a domestic flight with an ‘explosive device’ discovered at the Cleveland Street home, reports Daily Telegraph.
AFP confirmed in a statement that four men were arrested as part of the investigation after they were alerted to the alleged terror plot.
An ‘explosive device’ was discovered at the Surry Hills property and deactivated by a bomb squad that was called to the scene, according to 7 News…