Terrorism is a big part of society these days, it is always in the back of my mind wherever I go. We have seen the results of terrorism in Manchester, London, Paris, Nice and so many other locations around the world. Luckily in Australia we haven’t suffered a large terror attack. We have of course had the hostage situation in Brighton earlier this year and the horrible Sydney Lindt Café siege, we haven’t however seen the large-scale attacks seen overseas.
That could have all changed if it wasn’t for our highly trained intelligence agencies and police. Yesterday (Saturday, 29th July), in a joint operation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the New South Wales Police Force, four people were arrested, preventing what could have been Australia’s largest terrorist attack. In a statement released by the Australian Federal Police they said, “Four men have been taken into custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.
Four men have been taken into custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.” – Australian Federal Police
The four men were planning an attack involving the use of improvised devices. AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said that the AFP don’t have a great deal of information on the specific details of the attack. Mr Colvin explained, “… we’re investigating information indicating the aviation industry was a potential target of that attack.”
Australia’s terror level remains at probable but this foiled attack is definitely causing increased security at both domestic and international terminals around Australia. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Prime Minister said, “Some measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be.”
“Some measures will be obvious to the public, some will not be” – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister
Australia’s police are doing a terrific job at foiling terrorist attacks in Australia and keeping us safe. There is of course the possibility that something may just slip through the net and one-day result in a deadly attack, so far that has not been the case. Since 2014, 70 people have been charged from 31 counter terrorism operations around the country, according to ABC News. Australia’s intelligence agencies seem to be all over probable attacks on home soil, they’re doing a great job to keep us safe.