Australian authorities believe they have foiled a major terrorist attack after arresting 17 people in overnight raids on homes in the country’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.
The arrests come less than a week after Prime Minister John Howard said he had received intelligence about a “terrorist threat” to Australia.
Nine were arrested in Melbourne, including Abu Bakr, a radical cleric who has praised Osama bin Laden, while eight were held in Sydney in raids that began at 2.30am. At least 400 officers, combining federal agents and state police in New South Wales and Victoria, took part. The suspects had allegedly stockpiled material for a chemical attack, possibly on a railway station in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Don’t get lulled into complacency just because nothing has really happened on our soil for 4 years. They’re planning and waiting for the right time to completely destroy our way of life.
Are we ready? Have we prepared?
Only time will tell.