Anti-terror raids across Brisbane


As raids were carried out in Sydney this morning, dozens of police swarmed three Queensland properties in Mt Gravatt, Underwood and Logan.

Queensland’s Police Commissioner says the operations have averted a tragedy on Australian soil.

Nick Kelly reports.

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Residents in the suburbs woke up to the sound of counter terrorism police swooping on three properties in Mt Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.

Uniformed and plain clothed state and federal officers with sniffer dogs spent hours gathering evidence, removing bags and boxes.

There is no information available about how the raids are linked to larger raids across the country this morning.

Although the raid began in the small hours of the morning, by early afternoon Federal and Queensland police officers were still at the Mt Gravatt property.

This operation comes after police arrested two suspects at an Islamic book store in Underwood last week.

Both are in custody charged with counter-terrorism related offences.

One of those, Omar Succarieh, was refused bail at a hearing in Brisbane’s Supreme Court this afternoon.

The Queensland Premier and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart say authorities have since come across disturbing new information.

Campbell Newman, Queensland Premier: “It may now be alleged that at least one individual was contemplating onshore terrorist action.”

Ian Stewart, Police Commissioner: “The court process will demonstrate allegations against one of the people in Queensland currently in custody in Queensland.”

Investigations in Brisbane are ongoing no arrests were made today.

The raids comes as Queensland gears up for G20 in November.

Premier Campbell Newman said all contingencies have already been prepared for.

Campbell Newman, Queensland Premier: “Because you’ve got that major security operation it certainly is a great torrent to people who would do something against the community.”

This afternoon extra security has been mobilised outside key government buildings.

The public is urged to report anything suspicious to the National Security Hotline 1800 1234 00.

Nick Kelly, QUT News.