Australian police foil New Year's Eve terror plot in Melbourne

Australian police foil New Year's Eve terror plot in Melbourne

The man arrested by counter-terrorism police over a planned New Year's Eve attack in Melbourne meant to shoot as many people as he could, police will allege.

Claims have emerged that the man charged with planning a New Year's Eve terror attack in Melbourne had links to the teen who killed Sydney police employee Curtis Cheng.

Police say there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Patton described the suspect as "a person who's expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could through shooting them".

Police claim he accessed a guide online produced by Al-Qaeda on how to commit terror acts and use firearms, but was arrested before he could buy an automatic rifle.

"The male is one of our high risks persons of interest, we have been monitoring him for a lengthy period of time", Patton said.

The foiled plot comes a year after police prevented another attack in the same area on Christmas Day, arresting several men who planned to use explosives, knives and guns to target the location.

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The man is being interviewed in relation to the offences of preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.

It was not linked to any other operation, added the police.

Australian police have charged 74 people in counter-terrorism investigations since 2014, the BBC reports.

The man worked part-time at a computer fix business and police raided the facility.

"One of the charges carries a maximum penalty of life in prison", he said.

Operation San Jose resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Werribee man in Werribee by members of the Victoria Police Special Operations Group just before 3pm on 27 November.

The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team and the Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command maintains strong links with the intelligence and other partner agencies which gives us the best possible understanding of emergency issues.

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