4 arrested in Sydney raids to stop terror attack

Australian Federal Police and NSW Police officers work in the Surry Hills suburb of Sydney, Australia on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Law enforcement officials raided properties in several Sydney suburbs and arrested four men on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack related to a bomb plot involving aircraft, officials said. (Sam Mooy/AAP Image via AP)

SYDNEY (AP) – Australian officials say police have raided properties in several Sydney suburbs and arrested four men suspected of plotting a terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the counterterrorism raids Saturday were designed to stop “terrorist attacks in Australia.”

Fairfax Media, News Corp. and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the raids were related to a bomb plot involving aircraft.

The operation was carried out by the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales state police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the country’s domestic spy agency.

Seven Network television reported that 40 riot squad officers stormed an inner Sydney house before an explosives team found a suspicious device.

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