Muslim Christmas Terror Plot Foiled
Christmas Day terror plot foiled in Melbourne’s Federation Square, targets include Flinders Street train station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Heavily armed police have foiled a terror plot to attack multiple locations in Melbourne’s CBD on Christmas Day after raids across the city.
Victoria’s Joint Counter-Terrorism task force arrested seven people after executing five search warrants at homes in Melbourne’s north and west, including Flemington, Meadow Heights, Dallas, Campbellfield and Gladstone Park,
Four Australians, aged between 21 and 26, and one Egyptian-born man are still in police custody and are expected to be charged for their alleged involvement in preparing to commit a terrorist attack on Christmas Day.
The five people were known to police and had been under police surveillance for two weeks, with police alleging they were intending to target Federation Square, Flinders Street train station and St Paul’s Cathedral with bombs, knives and guns.
Police Chief Graham Ashton said he believed the ‘multi mode’ terror threat had been ‘neutralised’ following the coordinated anti-terror raids.
‘The attack had the potential to cause significant community harm,’ he said.
‘The community should be concerned but should be reassured that we have got on top of this particular issue.’ More