Seven people have been arrested for allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne, which police say could have occurred on Christmas Day and which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described as one of the most substantial terrorist plots to be disrupted in recent years.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the threat was “very serious” and labelled the plot an “act of evil”.
So what do we know so far?
What has happened?
Victoria Police were involved in joint counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne’s north-west overnight.
The raids also involved the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
Seven people were arrested and authorities say they believe a group of four men were intending to carry out an attack in Melbourne’s CBD involving explosives and other weapons, possibly on Christmas Day.
Of the seven arrested, five remain in custody.
Who was arrested?
Six men and one woman were arrested in the suburbs in Melbourne’s north-west.
Those arrested include a 24-year-old man from Meadow Heights, a 26-year-old man from Dallas, a 22-year-old man from Campbellfield, a 21-year-old man from Flemington and a 21-year-old man from Gladstone Park.
A 20-year-old woman, and a 26 year-old man from Meadow Heights have been released without being charged.
No charges have yet been laid.
Commissioner Ashton said four of those arrested were Australian born with a Lebanese background and another was an Egyptian-born Australian citizen.