Australian counter-terrorism raids thwart aircraft bomb plot

SYDNEY, July 30 (Reuters) – Anti-terrorism raids carried out across Sydney late on Saturday thwarted an alleged plot to bring down an aircraft, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday.

Turnbull said the “major counter-terrorism operation” was ongoing and extra security measures have been put in place at major airports after four people were arrested in the Sydney raids.

“Upon the receipt of advice from our security and intelligence agencies, the government moved swiftly in order to protect the public while operations were underway and additional security measures were put in place at Sydney airport on Thursday,” Turnbull said at an early morning press conference.

“These and further measures have been extended to all major airports at domestic and international terminals,” he added.

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