Aus arrests 5 on terror plot charges

2015-04-18 13:01

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - Five Australian teenagers were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks on police officers in the latest security scare in the country linked to militants, officials said.

The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack in the country, including targeting police, Australian federal police and Victoria state police said in a statement.

Seven warrants

Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges and two other men, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting police, according to the statement.

The arrests took place in Melbourne, where a joint counter-terrorism team served a total of seven warrants on Saturday morning. Police said they were conducting searches at properties.

Australia's government has raised the country's terror warning level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.

In September last year, the group's spokesperson Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a message urging attacks abroad, specifically mentioning Australia.

Double the number

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that the terrorism threat in Australia has escalated with one-third of all terrorism-related arrests since 2001 occurring in the last six months.

At least 110 Australians have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside extremists, and the nation's security agency is juggling more than 400 high-priority counter-terrorism investigations — more than double the number a year ago.

Read more on:    isis  |  tony abbott  |  australia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.