MOSCOW, December 24 (Sputnik) — Two terrorism suspects were arrested in Australia in the wake of counter-terrorism raids in Sidney and Brisbane, according to Reuters.
A 20-year-old man was charged with possessing documents containing information about potential government targets and enabling a terrorist attack, while a 21-year-old was accused of breaching a control order, as stated by the Australian police.
The raids started in September after the country’s authorities raised the national terror warning level due to the threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State. Law enforcement officials announced they had located a terrorist cell, which was planning to commit acts of violence and execute a member of the public.
Australian intelligence services have been put on a high alert for Christmas, as there are concerns that terrorists may carry out attacks during the holidays.
The recent hostage crisis in the Sidney café raised public concerns about national security. The arrest of two terrorist suspects came eight days after the incident, which claimed the lives of three people, including the attacker.