Australian police foil terror attack planned for Christmas Day in Melbourne

Australian police foil terror attack planned for Christmas Day in Melbourne

Australian police say they have foiled a terror attack planned for Melbourne on Christmas Day. Five men were arrested in early-morning raids on Friday, Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said.

Mr Ashton said the threat involved “use of explosives” and other weapons including “knives or a firearm”.

The threat was to prominent city locations including Flinders St Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral, he said.

Four of the suspects were Australian-born men in their 20s of a Lebanese background, while the fifth was an Australian of Egyptian origin, Mr Ashton said.

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