Federal police allege Sydney raids foiled construction of plane bomb with parts sent from Turkey, ‘one of the most sophisticated plots’ attempted in Australia

Two men have been charged with building a military-grade explosive device with the help of high-level Islamic State operatives, in a foiled terrorist attack that police called “one of the most sophisticated plots attempted on Australian soil”.

Police will allege that components for an improvised explosive device (IED) were sent to Australia in air cargo by Isis operatives in Turkey. Two men, who will face court on Friday, then allegedly assembled the devices with instruction from “a senior Isis operative”, according to Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Mike Phelan.

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