IS-inspired terrorist attacks in central Melbourne on Christmas Day have been averted after several raids in the city, according to Australian police. A total of seven people have been arrested.
Those arrested were planning to attack several popular places in the South Australian city, including the train station, the Federation Square and the St. Paul Cathedral, says police chief Graham Ashton in the state of Victoria.
- The last two weeks we have conducted a criminal investigation around what we believe was a terrorist planning. We think the plan was to carry out what we call a multi-method attack, possibly on Christmas Day, he said, adding that the attacks would be carried out using explosives.
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