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Australia steps up airport luggage screening amid plane terror plot

Security remains tight at Australian airports with more intense screening of luggage, after police thwarted what they said was a “credible attempt to attack an aircraft”. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and border protection minister Peter Dutton would not comment on newspaper reports that Islamist extremists planned to kill the occupants of a plane with poison gas and that a home-made bomb was to be disguised as a kitchen mincer. “Police will allege they had the intent and were developing the capability,” Mr Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He announced on Sunday that “a terrorist plot to bring down an… …read more

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