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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UAE’s interior minister revealed that a UAE bound flight from Australia was targeted by the plotters, hoping to smuggle a bomb on board.
Nouhad Machnouk, interior minister, speaking to a Saudi Arabia-owned TV channel, said four Lebanese-Australian brothers were behind the plan for smuggling.
One brother, Amer Khayyat, has been detained in Lebanon while Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat were arrested in Australia, the minister added.
The fourth, Tarek Khayyat, is claimed to be a senior Islamic State (IS) member living in the terror group’s capital Raqqa, northern Syria.
Mr Machnouk described how Amer Khayyat was supposed to be on board the plane, carrying around 400 passengers, in order to bring it down 20 minutes after takeoff.
But the minister revealed how the explosives did not make it on to the plane because the handbag they were being carried in was 7kg over the weight permitted by the airline authority of Australia.
Amer made several trips between Australia and Lebanon under the alleged reason of coming to get engaged or married, was arrested in Lebanon after he arrived in mid-July from Australia. “The operation of carrying was foiled because of the extra weight.
The Intelligence Branch of both Australia and UAE followed on the case and found that Amer was involved in this operation and it appears that he was supposed to carry it out. He said that the Lebanese officers began tracking the brothers ever since Tarek moved to Raqqa.
The four brothers were motivated by UAE and Australian involvement in the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State.
He said that when the four assailants in Australia decided to blow up an Emirati jet this means that the whole world should work together to fight terrorism. Not only that it can shook the tourism counterpart of both Australia, USA and Arabian countries.
The coordination should be 24 hours a day between all security agencies to stop such attacks.It was branded as one of the most sophisticated plots to have ever been hatched on Australian soil.
The plan was aborted before a high-en” explosive in a piece of luggage taken to Sydney’s airport was carried through security. The second plot, alleged to have involved a chemical dispersion device to release highly toxic gas, was also claimed to have been in the early stages of planning. The Australian officials have charged two men with the two counts of planning a terrorist act.