SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (ALBOENEWS)— Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that a terrorist plot to take down a plane was disrupted during their overnight raids.
Four men were arrested when multiple police forces converged on the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, as well as the south-western suburbs of Lakemba, Wiley Park, and Punchbowl. The plot centered around blowing up an airplane at a major airport using an improvised device.
The Prime Minister told travelers to continue their plans as normal, but that additional security measures would be in place.
The 4 men arrested were allegedly planning on using either poisonous gas released into the cabin of the plane to kill hundreds of passengers, or a homemade bomb that was to be hidden inside of a meat mincer. In their raid, Police seized an explosive that was “ready to go.” It is suspected that the men were taking instructions from ISIS militants in Syria and that the plan was to attack a long-haul international flight.
One of the men arrested, Abdul Merhi, has been released from custody. Merhi’s lawyer states that he was shocked to have been arrested and receiving the intense questioning. The three other men are still detained at this time.