Australian Police Say They've Prevented Christmas Bombing
Seven suspects arrested early Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2016 5:25 PM CST
Seven suspects arrested in Australia were allegedly planning a Christmas bombing of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.   (Wikimedia Commons/Adam JWC)

(Newser) – Police say they have arrested seven suspects who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia's second largest city on Christmas Day, the AP reports. Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters the seven had been inspired by the Islamic State group and had planned attacks on Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, neighboring Federation Square, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Ashton says police had been watching the alleged plotters for some time and believed they were preparing to use explosives and other weapons. Police said they believed the threat had been neutralized through the raids on Thursday night and Friday morning.

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