Luggage screening intensified after Australia airplane plot
Continued to increase security at airports around Australia with a more intense luggage after officials of law enforcement they foiled what the police chief described Monday as a “credible attempt to attack a plane.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister of Border Protection, Peter Dutton, declined to comment on press reports according to which Islamic extremists were planning to kill the occupants of an aircraft with poisonous gas and a bomb was going to be dressed up like a pinwheel Of kitchen.
“Police claim that they have planned and developed capacity,” said Turnbull Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Turnbull said Sunday that “a terrorist plan to shoot down a plane” had been cut short, but revealed few details.
Four men detained in raids in Sydney late evening – two Lebanese – Australian father and son – had yet to be charged.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said a court ruled Monday that the four could be detained without charge for seven days after their arrest under anti-terrorist laws.
“We believe we have thwarted a legitimate and credible attempt to attack an aircraft,” Colvin told reporters without specifying.
Colvin describes the threat several times as “device”, not to mention if it was explosive.
“The plot study, we believe, was an attempt to put a device on a plane, but beyond that, it’s just speculation: speculation,” he said, adding that police had “many theories of work”.
Colvin and the government did not comment on media reports that the suspects did not previously know responsible for Australia’s security and their arrests came after a council of a foreign intelligence agency.
“Australians can be sure that we have very good intelligence and that they focused quickly on him and, as it turns out, with good results,” Turnbull said.
The Australian newspaper quoted multiple sources as saying that the plotters were building a “non-traditional” explosive device that could emit toxic gas sulfur to kill or immobilize everyone on the plane.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney reported that hunters planned to make a bomb of wood chips and explosive materials on the kitchen equipment like a meat grinder.
Police attacked five homes Saturday and a domestic grinder and a grinder used to make sausages were removed, according to the newspaper.
The plot involved smuggling the device on a flight from Sydney to the Middle East, perhaps Dubai, as carry-on luggage, according to the newspaper.
Fairfax Media reported that the bomb was found in a house in the neighborhood of Surry Hills, a few doors from the local mosque.
Turnbull declined to say whether the group was led by a person abroad.
“It is said that he was an Islamic extremist, a terrorist motivation,” the prime minister said.