Police Australia thwarts possible attack in Melbourne during Christmas
Five people have been detained in Australia on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne during Christmas.
According to the local police would be the five are inspired by terrorist organisation Islamic State, writes the news agency AP.
The suspects were planning an attack at the Flinders Street train station, Federation Square and the St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Authorities held the men for some time in the holes. Possible, they wanted the attacks with bombs and other weapons, police said.
The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull said that the suspects an “islamic terrorist” motif. Also, he spoke of one of the most substantial terreurplannen who in recent years have been thwarted in his country.
The five men are between 21 and 26 years old. Four of them are born in Australia and have a Lebanese background. The fifth man was born in Egypt, and the Egyptian as the Australian nationality.
Initially, seven people held, but two of them are released again. It is a 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.
In raids by the police were parts for an ‘improvised explosive device’ found. Potentially had a sizable number of people killed or injured, according to the police.
Approximately four hundred agents were involved in the raids. During Christmas there will be extra police on the street in Melbourne to make people feel secure.