Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State: police

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Update: August, 04/2017 – 10:57

Police continue to search a home in Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, 04 August 2017. Two men will face court on 04 August, in relation to an alleged Sydney-based terror plot to bring down a plane, which included an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on a flight out of Sydney. – EPA/VNA Photo

SYDNEY — A senior Islamic State commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, with a second poisonous gas plot also in the works, police alleged Friday.

The improvised explosive device was due to be smuggled onto the July 15 service, but the attempt was aborted before they reached security. Two men have been charged, with a third still being questioned.
“This advice was coming from a senior member of the Islamic State,” Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said, referring to him as a “commander” based overseas.
Police also foiled a second alleged plot involving a “chemical dispersion device”, designed to release hydrogen sulphide, but this was in the early stages.
Hydrogen sulphide is highly toxic, and often fatal for people exposed to it.
“Not only have we stopped the IED that was believed to go on the plane but we have also completely disrupted the intended chemical dispersion device,” said Phelan.
The second plan was hatched after the first one failed, police alleged, and was not necessarily targeted at a plane.
“They were talking about crowded closed spaces, you know, potentially public transport, and so on,” Phelan said, but added that they “got nowhere near making one”.
Communications with IS began in April with the group sending components and propellents through international cargo from Turkey to the men, police said.
They then directed them on how to build a bomb with what was “high military-grade explosives” that would have caused “significant damage”.
“With assistance from the ISIL commander, the accused assembled the IED into what we believe was a functioning IED to be placed on that flight,” said Phelan, referring to Islamic State by an alternative acronym.
“There is a little bit of conjecture as to why it didn’t go ahead. It didn’t get past the check-in.”
Police are working on the theory that it was called off because the device — reportedly disguised as a meat mincer — was too heavy as check-in luggage.
Originated in Turkey
The destination of the flight was not revealed, although reports have previously suggested it was Abu Dhabi. Etihad earlier this week confirmed it was working with authorities in Australia on their investigation.
Police would not reveal who the IS link was but said it will be alleged that the men were introduced to him by one of their family members who is a senior IS member in Syria.
“It is a concern that it got through,” said Phelan about the bomb components arriving in Australia through the mail.
“What we’re alleging is the components of the IED originated in Turkey at this stage. We are very confident that we have found every single component of that IED.”
Security was tightened at domestic and international airports across Australia after four men were arrested in raids in Sydney on Saturday.
Two of them — aged 32 and 49 and reportedly brothers — were each charged late Thursday with two counts of “acts done in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act” and are due in court Friday.
One of them has been released without charge and another is still being questioned.
Phelan said it was “one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil”.
“If it hadn’t been for the great work of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement over a very quick period of time then we could well have a catastrophic event in this country,” he added. — AFP
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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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