Police in Melbourne have arrested seven suspects who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia’s second largest city on Christmas Day.
Six men and a woman, all in their twenties, were arrested in dawn raids across Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, Victoria state police said in a statement.
Police said they believed the threat had been neutralised through the raids on Thursday night and Friday morning.
“This is a significant disruption of what we would describe as an imminent terrorist event in Melbourne. We do believe … that we have removed this threat in its entirety,” Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters in Sydney.
Speaking at a press conference today, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “Overnight our police and security agencies have disrupted a very substantial terrorist plot.
The plot targeted high-profile locations in Melbourne, including Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral “possibly on Christmas Day”.