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Australian police arrest two more men over alleged attack plot

Australian police said on Wednesday they had arrested two more men in Sydney as part of an operation that thwarted a potential attack by home-grown Islamist militants a year ago on government buildings.

Police have been focusing on a group of about 20 young men who they claim are committed to carrying out a terrorist attack in Australia.

At least a dozen men have been charged as part of Operation Appleby, a long-running state and federal police investigation into home-grown terrorism. “We are aware and we will allege that Woolloomooloo, the navy base was one of those locations”, Burn said, according to Reuters.

The charges stem from handwritten documents seized from a Wiley Park home in December 2014, which mention a number of locations.

Two French citizens aged 20 and 24 were arrested on Dec 19, he added.

Alamou’s brother was charged with terrorism offences earlier this month.

‘I do need to stress that this activity today relates to events of past year, ‘ she said. Australia has been on high alert for attacks by homegrown radicals since previous year.

Australia officials reportedly said that the man, who was detained at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport on November 15, had extremist literature on his mobile devices when he arrived on a flight from the Middle East, BBC reported.

Cazeneuve said this brings the total number of foiled attacks in France to 10 since 2013.

In a Sydney press conference, Ms Burn said the arrests were in connection to the five arrests made earlier in December, as well as terror-related investigations previous year.

Deputy Commissioner Burn said the headquarters of the Australian Federal Police and the NSW Police had been previously identified as targets of the plot.

Further raids this year came after NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng was shot dead outside Police Headquarters in Parramatta in October.

A phone belonging to one of the group members allegedly contained photos of Australian terrorist Mohammed Elomar and other foreign fighters celebrated as heroes among extremists.

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