Police in Australia are continuing to hunt for more evidence as they investigate a major terror plot targeting the aviation industry.
Four people – two Lebanese-Australians men and their two sons – were arrested in raids in Sydney on Saturday, following an intelligence tip-off. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the plot as “Islamic-inspired terrorism.”
“We have succeeded in disrupting a major terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull said. “Good intelligence, great police work, great investigation, great co-ordination has enabled us to disrupt that plot.”
Police are conducting forensic work at five properties linked to the suspects, but refused to elaborate on details of the planned attack. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin would not confirm reports in the Australian media that the plot involved poisoning passengers with a toxic gas, or using a homemade bomb smuggled onto a flight in hand luggage.
“The plot that we are investigating, we believe was an attempt to put a device onto an aircraft. But, beyond that, the speculation is just that – it’s speculation,” Colvin said.