Etihad Airways says assisting Australian police with plane attack probe

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Etihad Airways says assisting Australian police with plane attack probe
Etihad Airways says assisting Australian police with plane attack probe

SINGAPORE/DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it was helping Australian Federal Police with an investigation that police began into an “Islamic-inspired” plot to bring down a plane and resulted in stricter security screening at Australian airports.

Four men were arrested in raids in several suburbs in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, at the weekend and are being held without charge under special terror-related powers.

“The Etihad Airways aviation security team is assisting the Australian Federal Police with its investigation and the matter is ongoing,” Etihad said in a statement.

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“Etihad is complying fully with the enhanced security measures at airports in Australia and monitoring the situation closely,” it said.

Police have not identified the airline that was allegedly targeted in the plot, nor the specific means that were to be used to bring it down, other than to say it involved an “improvised device”.

US officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said a foreign intelligence service had intercepted communications between the plotters in Sydney and members of the Islamic State militant group in Syria. The officials declined to identify the foreign intelligence service.

Another two US officials familiar with the Australian arrests said a developing plot had been detected. One of them, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the alleged plot was “fairly well along” when it was disrupted by Australian authorities.

The other official said the target appeared to have been a commercial flight from Sydney to the Gulf.

The arrests have disrupted air travel in Australia, where authorities and airlines have asked travelers to arrive earlier than usual for additional screening.

The post Etihad Airways says assisting Australian police with plane attack probe appeared first on The Express Tribune.

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