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Australian counter-terror operation triggers tighter security

01 August 2017
Security has been stepped up at Sydney (pictured on 31 July) and other major airports in Australia after an alleged terror plot was foiled. Source: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Security has been strengthened covertly and overtly at airports in Australia, following the arrest of four men in Sydney who allegedly were planning to bomb an aircraft.

Federal police commissioner Andrew Colvin said the individuals were planning to use an “improvised device”. No further details of the alleged plot are available at the time of writing.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the terror threat to Australian aviation as "very real", adding that airport security has been "enhanced and intensified".

Indeed, the new measures were introduced at Sydney Airport in advance of the counter-terrorism operation on 29 July. "These and further measures have been extended to all major airports around the country overnight," he explained.

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