Australia airport securitys stay heighted over terror plot

Australia's Prime Minister has confirmed that police have disrupted what they believe was a terrorist threat to bring down a plane.

Four men were arrested in raids across the city on Saturday.

The Foreign Office has updated its advice to say: "Following the arrest of four men in Sydney in a counter-terrorism operation on 29 July, there are enhanced security measures in place at all major Australian domestic and global airports".

He advised travelers in Australia to arrive at airports earlier than usual - two hours before departure - to allow for extra security screening and to minimize baggage.

"Some of the measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be".

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Police previously said the men planned an attack on targets which included police headquarters in Sydney, along with civilian targets.

The raids followed searches in four different Sydney suburbs on Saturday, including Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

Similar lines have been experienced at Melbourne Airport, with authorities warning that the delays will continue.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the men arrested were allegedly linked to an Islamist-inspired plan to detonate an improvised explosive device.

Australia's PM said on Sunday: "The threat of terrorism is very real".

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At a time when "lone wolf" and low-tech terror attacks - such as vehicle-ramming and stabbings - have become more commonplace, especially in Europe, the thwarted plot sounds more akin to those of past years, when terrorists sought to carry out more high-profile attacks on aircraft, using bombs hidden in hand-luggage liquids, shoes or underwear.

"You should infer that we think this was credible and there was an intention, and there was quite possibly a capability as well".

"But it will be take more time".

The country's national terrorism threat level is still at "probable".

Turnbull urged travellers to make room for additional security at screening points and said Australians must be aware of an increased threat.

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The Sydney Morning Herald also reported that a mincer was being examined, while The Australian newspaper cited multiple sources as saying it was a "non-traditional" device that could have emitted a toxic sulphur-based gas, which it said would have killed or immobilised everyone on board.

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