Australian Anti-Terror Police Arrest Teen ➠ Disrupt Melbourne Bomb Plot ➠ Video
Mother’s Day bomb plot foiled: Anti-terror police arrest doctor’s teenage son in Melbourne and boy, 14, in Sydney after dramatic raids – and bomb squad officers detonate three ‘improvised explosive devices’
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police arrested a 17-year-old and accused him of plotting to detonate three homemade bombs in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said on Saturday, in the latest terrorism scare involving a teenager.
The teen was arrested on Friday afternoon in a joint federal-state police counterterrorism operation at his home in the suburb of Greenvale where the explosive devices were found, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan said. The state police bomb squad rendered the devices safe, he said.
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is the capital of Victoria state.
Last month, five Australian teenagers were arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans’ Day ceremony also in Melbourne that included targeting police officers.
“It’s deeply troubling to police that such young people in our community are becoming disaffected in the way in which they are and considering endangering the lives of many Australians,” Phelan told reporters.
There were “no links at all” between that latest suspect and those arrested last month, Phelan said. Police were investigating whether the latest plot had been inspired by the Islamic State group .
Phelan said he could not confirm a media report that the plot would have targeted a charity run in Melbourne on Sunday to mark Mothers’ Day in Australia. He said police were examining evidence and going through intelligence reports to get the full picture. “But let me tell you something was going to happen,” Phelan told reporters. More