Monday, November 07, 2005

Terror Arrests In Australia

Australian authorities arrested 16 terror suspects on Tuesday including a prominent radical Muslim cleric sympathetic to Osama bin Laden and said they had foiled a major terror attack on the country by men committed to "violent jihad."

The Australian Federal Police said seven men were arrested in Sydney and nine in Melbourne in coordinated raids that also netted evidence including weapons and apparent bomb-making materials.

"I was satisfied that this state was under an imminent threat of potentially a catastrophic terrorist act," said New South Wales Police Minister Carl Scully.