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Two men charged with terrorism offences following Sydney raids

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Two men have been charged with terrorism offences following an alleged plot to bring down a commercial flight.

 

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The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team has charged a 49-year-old Lakemba man, Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, and Mahmoud Khayat, a 32-year-old Punchbowl man, with two counts each of acts in preparation for a terrorist act.

 

It’s unclear how they are related.

 

The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment. Both men are scheduled to appear at Parramatta Court on Friday morning.

 

The charges come after four men were arrested on Saturday during dramatic raids carried out across Sydney.

 

A 50-year-old man, Abdul Merhi, was released from police custody on Tuesday, 1 August, without charge. One man remains in custody and police have seven days in which to conduct inquiries.

 

News of the charges comes as fresh details about how close the would-be bombers came to carrying out their alleged mission have been revealed.

 

It’s been reported that an unwitting passenger could have been used to smuggle the bomb on board “without knowing they were part of a suicide mission”.

 

Fairfax claims the device made it to Sydney airport’s check-in area but the passenger was “queried about the weight of the luggage at the check-in counter and learnt it was too heavy”.

 

Six addresses across Sydney have been searched this week including in the suburbs of Lakemba, Punchbowl (two locations), Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Bankstown.

 

On Thursday the Director-General of Security lowered the terror threat for flying which includes a return to normal check in times.

 

Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement travellers will see things return to normal over the next 24 hours.

 

“Nevertheless, as a precaution, some of the additional security measures will stay in place. Some of these measures will be obvious, some will not, but Australians should remain reassured that public safety is the absolute priority.

 

Passenger screening and plainclothes officers on flight will remain in place as extra security.

 

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