Aug 3 2009
400 Australian police arrest four Islamic extremists planning to ‘kill as many soldiers as possible’ in Melbourne raid.
Australian police launched a major anti-terrorism operation today, detaining four men they said were suspected of plotting an attack in the country. About 400 officers from state and national security services took part in at least 19 pre-dawn raids on properties in the southern city of Melbourne, Victoria state police said in a statement.
The group was believed to be linked to al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group in Somalia, The group was believed to be linked to al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group in Somalia, said Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Tony Negus
‘The men’s intention was to actually go into the Army barracks and to kill as many soldiers as they could before they themselves were killed,’ he said. ‘This operation has disrupted an alleged terrorist attack that could have claimed many lives.”
The Australian newspaper reported the detainees were Islamist extremists, ranging in age from 22 to 26, who had planned to launch a suicide attack on an Australian Army base, which was understood to be Holsworthy Barracks on Sydney’s western outskirts. The men – who were said to be Australian nationals of Somali or Lebanese descent – were allegedly planning to use automatic weapons to kill as many soldiers as possible before killing themselves, the newspaper reported. UK DAILY MAIL