Five arrested for IS-inspired terror plot
Five Australian teenagers were arrested yesterday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State (IS) group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers.
The suspects included two 18-year-olds who are alleged to have been preparing an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Melbourne later this month, Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters.
Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges, and two other men, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting police. All the arrests took place in Melbourne.
Police said they believe the plot was inspired by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, and was to have involved "edged weapons".
"At this stage, we have no information that it was a planned beheading. But there was reference to an attack on police," said Gaughan.
"Some evidence that we have collected at a couple of the scenes, and some other information we have, lead us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired."
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 spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a message urging attacks abroad, specifically mentioning Australia.