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Australian Police says,"Terrorist attack was foiled."

Updated on: 23-Dec-2016
Australian police say they have foiled a terror attack planned for Melbourne on Christmas Day.

Victoria Police chief Graham Ashton says,"Five men are in custody after early morning raids on Friday and the threat involved "use of explosives" and other weapons including "knives or a firearm." Australian Police says,"Terrorist attack was foiled."

Victoria Police Chief Graham Ashton said at the press conference,"We don't have any threat over and above that threat that we've currently neutralized."

Mr. Ashton 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.

Another man and a woman were arrested in the raids, but later released without charge.

Mr. Aston also said,"We believe that there was an intention to conduct what we call a multi-mode attack, possibly on Christmas Day."

Mr. Ashton said police would increase their presence at the MCG and other locations around Melbourne.

The operation included 400 officers from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police. The Australian Security Intelligence Organization was also involved.

Mr. Andrews assured the public that police would remain vigilant.

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