Five Australian men, aged either 18 or 19 years were on Saturday, April 18, 2015 arrested in Melbourne, Australia after police uncovered a terrorist plot in a major counter-terrorism operation.
Speaking on the issue, the acting deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Neil Gaughan said: “Some evidence that we have collected at a couple of the scenes and some other information we have leads us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired.
“I think the entire Australian community should be concerned about the young age of those particular men.
“And this is an issue not just with law enforcement, but for the broader community. … We need to get better in relation to identifying young men and woman involved in this type of behavior, at the very early stage.”
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott further availed that the teenagers planned to carry out an attack on police officers during the Anzac day (Australia and News Zealand Army Corps Day) celebration scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
He said: “The suspects planned to attack during a major national commemoration in a week.
“The act that we believe was in preparation involved attacks against police officers.”