Australian counter-terrorism police claim Islamic State shipped bomb components to the country to be assembled and used to blow up a passenger plane flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
An improvised explosive device (IED) was allegedly taken on to an Etihad plane on 15 July, but the plan was aborted, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan told reporters.
Police believe an IS “commander” arranged for the parts for the bomb to be sent from Turkey, says Business Insider.
“With assistance from the Islamic State commander, the accused assembled the IED into what we believe was a functional IED to be placed on that flight,” Phelan said, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
“At no stage did the IED breach security,” he added.
Police have described it as the “most sophisticated plot on Australian soil”.