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3 Australian terror suspects denied bail

3 Australian terror suspects denied bail

Three men accused of plotting a suicide attack against an Australian army base were denied bail Thursday.
Magistrate Peter Reardon made the decision after prosecutors argued there was an unacceptable risk of the men attempting to commit further terrorism offenses or fleeing the country if released.
"The conspiracy, if it were to come to fruition, would have potentially involved significant loss of life," Reardon said in his decision at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.
The men _ all Australian citizens with Somali or Lebanese origins _ were arrested in pre-dawn raids in the southern city of Melbourne earlier this month. Two other men arrested with them did not apply for bail.
They are all charged with conspiring to plot a terrorist attack and face life in prison if convicted.
Police allege the men planned to send a team of gunmen into one of Australia's largest military bases, Holsworthy Barracks on Sydney's outskirts, and go on a shooting spree until they were killed.
Members of the group are allegedly connected to Al-Shabab, a Somali extremist organization that is fighting the African nation's transitional government. It is believed to have links to al-Qaida.
Police say some of the suspects had been to Somalia and may have fought alongside or been trained with Al-Shabab members, and that the group sought the approval of an Islamic cleric in the African country to undertake their attack in Australia.


Updated : 2021-04-20 13:22 GMT+08:00