Police In Melbourne Foil Alleged 'New Year's Eve Terror Plot'

Police Foil Melbourne New Year's Eve Terror Plot

Victoria Police will allege the man was planning a terrorist attack for Melbourne on New Year's Eve this year.

"He is now being interviewed in relation to the offences of acts in preparation to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act", police said in a statement.

"This is a person who would become particularly energised when overseas events occurred".

The 20-year-old was arrested at a house in Werribee about 3pm on Monday by Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO officers.

Thousands of revellers pack the square each year on New Year's Eve.

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Police acted when he met with people in an unsuccessful attempt to procure a gun.

Patton said it was "very much an open question" whether his relatives were also involved in his plan and refuted the speculations that the arrest was linked to any previous operation.

Police believe the man is associated with other people in the Victorian extremist community, but he is believed to be acting alone in this plot.

Keenan urged the public to continue with their usual routines over the period and expect to see a heavy police presence.

Patton said the suspect was born in Australia to Somali parents and had been monitored by police as a "person of interest" since January.

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Australia raised the national terror alert level to "probable" in September 2014.

The man worked part-time at a computer fix business and police raided the facility. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The man had allegedly obtained an al-Qaida manual from the internet with instructions on staging a terrorist attack and how to operate a gun. He is still being interviewed by a joint police counter-terrorism team.

Authorities say 13 attacks have been prevented in the past few years, including an Islamic State-inspired Christmas Day plot targeting central Melbourne last year.

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