PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has warned so-called “terrorist chatter” has increased dangerously following the deadly Sydney siege and an attack on Australia was highly likely.
According to News.com.au, intelligence agencies are fearful of a Christmas holiday terror attack after intercepting increased “chatter” among a group of Sydney-based IS extremists who had been the subject of counter-terrorism raids across Sydney in September.
Federal Cabinet’s National Security Committee was briefed by ASIO and the Australian Federal Police on Tuesday with “concerning” information linked to a second round of counter-terrorism raids on the same Sydney group last week.
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Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mr Abbott stressed there was no specific attack planned and that it was important Australians went ahead with their Christmas plans.
“As we prepare to join family and friends to celebrate Christmas, we do need to be conscious of the fact the terror threat remains high,” he said. “At this level an attack is likely.”
“The briefing from the security agencies indicate that there has been a heightened level of terrorist chatter in the aftermath of the Martin Place siege.
“We don’t know when and we don’t know how an attack may come, but we do know that there are people with the intent and the capability to carry out further attacks.
“Australians should go about their lives as normal because what terrorists are trying to do is scare us out of being ourselves.
“I want to reassure you, though, that our law enforcement agencies and our security agencies will be working around the clock to keep you as safe as possible over the holiday season.
“It is important that people remain alert and aware.”