Man arrested in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

29 November, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Australia police arrest man accused of plotting NYE attack in Melbourne

The move comes after a man was arrested and accused of planning a New Year's Eve terror attack in Melbourne.

"This is a person who would become particularly energized, for a lack of a better word, when overseas events occurred and would express a great deal of interest in committing an attack himself", Patton added, ABC News reported.

Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, from Werribee, Victoria, was arrested on Synnot Street on Melbourne's outskirts by officials of Victoria police, the Australian Federal police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) around 3 p.m. local time Monday (11 p.m. EST Sunday).

Federation Square is a mixed-use development in Melbourne, which is the most popular spot in the city to celebrate New Year.

His behaviour had gradually escalated over time, but police believe he was acting alone.

The arrest is not linked to any previous raids or terror arrests, police said.




Counterterrorism police had been monitoring the latest suspect, a known extremist and a sympathiser of Isis (Islamic State), this year and detained him as he met with people in an attempt to acquire a gun, Patton said. "They are working 24/7 to keep Australia safe", Mr McCartney said. People convicted of those crimes in Australia face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Police obtained and executed warrants on Ali's family home in Werribee, a relative's home, and his place of work after he started trying to get a gun.

Last year, police said they had foiled a major terror attack planned for Christmas Day in Melbourne, with Federation Square also among its alleged targets.

The arrest was made after Ali, who police say consulted radical websites and owned Al-Qaida documents for committing terrorist attacks, began face-to-face meetings about getting a weapon.

Australian police have charged 74 people in counter-terrorism investigations since 2014, the BBC reports.

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