4 arrested in Sydney raids to stop terror attack

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Police speak to passersby as they man a check point in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills on July 29, 2017. Four people were arrested in a series of raids across Sydney on July 29 which the prime minister said were carried out to foil plans for terrorist attacks in Australia. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST

SYDNEY — Australian officials say police have raided properties in several Sydney suburbs and arrested four men suspected of plotting a terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the counterterrorism raids Saturday were designed to stop “terrorist attacks in Australia.”

Fairfax Media, News Corp. and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the raids were related to a bomb plot involving aircraft.

The operation was carried out by the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales state police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the country’s domestic spy agency.

Seven Network television reported that 40 riot squad officers stormed an inner Sydney house before an explosives team found a suspicious device.