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SEVEN PEOPLE ARRESTED IN COUNTER TERRORISM OPERATION IN MELBOURNE

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) , and other agencies which form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team have conducted an operation in Melbourne.

Operation Kastelholm resulted in the arrest of six men and a woman and the execution of five warrants in the North West Metro Region last night.

It will be alleged four of the men arrested were involved in undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Melbourne.

The alleged targets included high-profile locations around Melbourne, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and the main train station.

The operation is ongoing and further information will be made available at the appropriate time.

Victoria Police would like to reassure the community that the threat has been contained and there is no on-going threat.

Victoria has well tested, cooperative, counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of emergencies.

The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team and the Counter Terrorism Command maintains strong links with the intelligence and other agencies that give us the best possible understanding of emergency issues.