Man arrested in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

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This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation.

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), which form the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, conducted an operation in Melbourne yesterday.

Operation San Jose resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Werribee man in Werribee by members of the Victoria Police Special Operations Group just before 3pm on 27 November.

Warrants were also executed at two residential properties in Werribee and Meadow Heights, as well as a commercial property in Footscray.

It will be alleged the man arrested was involved in undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve this year.

He is currently being interviewed in relation to the offences of Acts in Preparation to Commit a Terrorist Attack and Collecting Documents to Facilitate a Terrorist Act, contrary to the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act.

The operation is ongoing however the main lines of enquiry have been completed and at this time police do not anticipate further arrests.

Furthermore, the arrest is not linked to any previous operational activity.

Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police would like to reassure the community that the threat has been contained and there is no on-going risk posed by this individual.

Victoria has well tested, cooperative, counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of emergencies.

The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team and the Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command maintains strong links with the intelligence and other partner agencies which gives us the best possible understanding of emergency issues.

The community should continue to go about their daily business and report any suspicious activity to triple zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.


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