Four members of the same family are under arrest for plotting to kill innocent civilians in a series of bombings. Two father and son teams planned to kill using several methods, including a bomb that would bring down a commercial plane.
The family of Islamic extremists are from Lebanon, but had settled in Sydney, Australia. Although we know the four were actually two father-and-son teams, it is unclear what the relationship is between one father and the other.
The entire planned terror bombing plot is not yet known, but it appears to involve several attacks aboard commercial airplanes leaving Sydney. The men reportedly planned to set off a gas bomb aboard a plane, killing the passengers. The men would then bring down the plane with an explosive device. Authorities say the men were inspired by ISIS.
Australia has been one of America’s strongest allies in the war on terror. The country has a very strict immigration policy, and their law enforcement agencies conducted an overwhelming series of raids over the weekend to simultaneously capture those involved in several locations. One man was so surprised by the raids that he was dragged out of his home wearing only a towel.
While the full extent of the alleged conspiracy is not yet known, the men may have planned to detonate a homemade bomb on a flight from Sydney to the Middle East, possibly Dubai, according to Seven News.
They allegedly planned to gas passengers aboard an aircraft in a plan orchestrated by ISIS militants in Syria, The Australian reported.
The paper was told the four, who are all related, allegedly made a ‘non-traditional’ device designed to kill passengers with a sulphur-based gas.
A kitchen mincer is believed to be among the everyday items the alleged attackers used to form a lethal device, according to the Herald Sun.
The apparatus was reportedly ‘ready to go’ as counter-terrorism police stormed properties across the city’s west and inner-east.
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