Five men arrested in relation to ongoing investigation

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and the Queensland Police Service.

A multi-jurisdictional operation involving Joint Counter-Terrorism Teams (JCTT) in Victoria and Queensland has resulted in the arrest of five men and the execution of a number of search warrants.

There is no threat to the community as a result of this investigation, which is not related to any current or impending threat.

The men were arrested in relation to suspicion of potential offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act, specifically those concerning incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities.

All five men remain in custody assisting police, pending further investigation.

Nine search warrants have been conducted in relation to this ongoing investigation in northern and north western Melbourne and in Far North Queensland.

The purpose of these search warrants is to gather information and evidence regard potential foreign incursion offences. At this stage, they do not relate to offences concerning the planning of a terrorist attack in Australia.

The primary focus of the operation has been to keep Australia, and all Australians, safe.

Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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