07 August 2017

'It is disappointing that such language was used so casually': Muslim group complains to the Federal Police for using 'Islamic-inspired terrorism' to describe Sydney plane bomb plot

A Muslim group has complained to the Australian Federal Police for using the term 'Islamic-inspired terrorism' to describe an alleged plot to bomb a passenger plane.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin used the phrase late last month when asked by a journalist if the four men arrested across Sydney were connected with ISIS.

'We do believe it's Islamic inspired terrorism,' he told reporters as he stood next to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Three of the four men arrested during the raids have since been charged.

.... Four Lebanese men, from two father and son duos, were arrested on July 29 during Saturday raids at Surry Hills, near the city, and at Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park in western Sydney.

It is alleged they were part of an ISIS-inspired terror plot to smuggle an improvised explosive device, disguised as a meat grinder, on to an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney that could have killed more than 400 people. [Daily Mail Australia] Read more