POLICE SAY THEY'VE FOILED ALLEGED ATTACKS IN AUSTRALIA

Dec 22, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Police say they have arrested seven suspects – who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia’s second largest city – on Christmas Day.

Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters on Friday the seven had been inspired by the Islamic State group – and had planned attacks on Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station, neighbouring Federation Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Ashton says police had been watching the alleged plotters for some time – and believed they were preparing to use explosives and other weapons.

Police said they believed the threat had been neutralized through the raids on Thursday night and Friday morning.

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