Australia: Man planning terror attack arrested by police

Marsha Scott
November 30, 2017

"He is now being interviewed in relation to the offences of acts in preparation to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act", police said in a statement.

According to the police, the accused was trying to obtain an automatic rifle to attack the downtown Federation Square.

Police released footage of the arrest on Tuesday.

Last year, police said they foiled a terorr attack which was planned for Christmas Day in Melbourne, with Federation Square being amongst its alleged targets.

Ali, a student at Swinburne University, had allegedly obtained Al Qaeda documents, including a "guidebook", on how to commit a terrorist act and use firearms.

He was taken into custody by the Special Operations Group police just before 3pm in Werribee.

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Every year thousands of revelers gather at the Federation Square to welcome the New Year.

"This is a person who would become particularly energized, for a lack of a better word, when overseas [terrorism] events occurred and would express a great deal of interest in committing an attack himself", said Victoria Police deputy police commissioner Shane Patton. "We have been monitoring him for a very lengthy period of time", he said.

People convicted of those crimes in Australia face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

That property is still being searched by police while his place of work, a computer business in Footscray, and a relative's home in Meadow Heights are no longer being searched after warrants were executed at those locations on Monday.

Since September 2014, when the national threat terrorism level was raised to "probable", the AFP has worked with its state and territory partners to thwart a number of plots.

The man had connections with extremists, but was believed to be acting alone.

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