Three men charged over alleged plot to “kill as many people as possible”

UPDATE @ November 21, 7.30 AM | THREE men have been remanded in custody after being charged with planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne.

The trio, who are Australian nationals of Turkish background, were taken into custody following early morning counter-terrorism raids at homes in the city’s northwest on Tuesday.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said that authorities believed the men were allegedly planning to kill as many people as possible in a crowded place.


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“There was a view towards a crowded place, a place where maximum people would be attending, to be able, to kill, we allege, as a maximum amount of people as possible,” Commissioner Ashton said.

“I believe, over more recent days, attempts have been made to source a 0.22 semi-automatic rifle to assist with the carrying out of that terrorism event.

“Fortunately, this is an event we’ve been able to deal with in relation to our counter-terrorism operation and therefore have been in a position to intercept it prior to it being completed.”

Each of the men, a 21-year-old from Greenvale, 30-year-old from Dallas and a 26-year-old from Campbellfield, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, each charged with one count of act in preparation for, or planning of terrorist acts.

They were remanded to appear in court for a committal mention in April.

EARLIER @ November 20, 8.15 AM | THREE men have been arrested for allegedly plotting a “terrorist act” to kill as many people as possible in Melbourne.

The trio, who are Australian nationals of Turkish background, were taken into custody following early morning counter-terrorism raids.

Authorities including Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation executed four warrants in the city’s northwest this morning.

A fourth property was also searched in Coolaroo.

“It will be alleged the three men arrested were involved in undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Melbourne,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said at a pres conference a short time ago that authorities believed the trio were allegedly planning to kill as many people as possible in a crowded space.

“There was a view towards a crowded place, a place where maximum people would be attending, to be able, to kill, we allege, as a maximum amount of people as possible,” Commissioner Ashton said.

“I believe, over more recent days, attempts have been made to source a 0.22 semi-automatic rifle to assist with the carrying out of that terrorism event.

“Fortunately, this is an event we’ve been able to deal with in relation to our counter-terrorism operation and therefore have been in a position to intercept it prior to it being completed.”

A 21-year-old man from Greenvale, 26-year-old man from Campbellfield and a 30-year-old man from Dallas remain in custody and are being interviewed by police, with charges expected to be laid later today.

“Victoria Police would like to reassure the community that the threat has been contained and there is no on-going threat,” police said in a statement.

People are being urged to go about their daily business and report any suspicious activity to triple zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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