Sydney (IINA) � Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday that Australia has foiled a "terrorist plot" to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive, after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney.
He said the plot appeared to be "elaborate" rather than planned by a lone wolf, as security was beefed up at major domestic and international airports across the nation.
"I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane," Turnbull told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
"The threat of terrorism is very real. The disruption operation, the efforts overnight have been very effective but there's more work to do," he said.
Officials did not specify if the alleged plot involved a domestic or international flight, but Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported that a local route had been the objective.
Source: International Islamic News Agency