Good news: Aussie police have stopped a planned Christmas day terror attack.
Bad news: They can’t believe that Muslims would do such a thing.
Conclusion: Aussie police learned police work by studying a book called “Detective Work for Dummies.”
THE first person to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court over the alleged failed Christmas terror plot has been denied bail, according to reports.
Abdullah Chaarani will be back in court in April after police foiled the alleged planned attack on city landmarks including Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.
Six men and a woman were arrested and five males aged between 20 and 26 remain in custody.
It comes as members of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council said they were “united in our shock and condemnation of the alleged planned terrorist acts in the Melbourne CBD”.
“These alleged acts were not acts of faith, ethnicity or culture,” the group said, in a statement provided by Victoria Police.
“They were opposed to the principles of all religions. They were alleged acts of criminality that do not reflect the harmonious values we collectively strive to promote.
“We stand together for cohesion and harmony and are confident that Victoria’s multicultural and diverse community will unite in the face of these challenges in a positive and peaceful way.
I’m laughing my butt off at the nonsense spewed by the Victoria police. It’s worse than Obama’s nonsensical statements about Muslim terrorists.
“Anything that disrupts our unity only gives strength to those who try to divide us and as such, acts of racism or victimisation will not be tolerated.”
The suspects, believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State, are all expected to appear in court today charged with acts in preparation of a terrorist event. Four are Australian-born with a Lebanese background and one is an Australian citizen born in Egypt.
Police will allege they were planning to use improvised explosive devices to kill or injure large numbers of people.
“This is one of the most substantial terrorist plots [to] have been disrupted over the last several years,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “This news will be of great concern to all Australians. We congregate in public places for Christmas, for New Year’s Eve. It is a time of happiness and joy.
“These terrorists sought to disrupt it. They have been thwarted.”
A major multi-agency operation by Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) foiled the alleged plot.
The alleged attack was set to include an “explosive event” and could have killed or injured a “substantial” number of people, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said in a press conference this morning.
“We believe that there was an intention to conduct what we call a multimode attack, possibly on Christmas Day,” he said. “The possible locations that we have been working on have been Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
“We’ve gained evidence that we believe is of a reconnaissance mission being conducted at that site. We believe there was an intention to attack in relation to that area, most likely on Christmas Day.”