Police arrest three in counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and other agencies which form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team have conducted an operation in Melbourne today.

Police arrested three males and executed two warrants in Epping and Pascoe Vale this morning.

It will be alleged that a 19-year-old Epping man attempted to engage in a terrorist act.

He was interviewed by police in relation to suspected terrorism offences.

A 20-year-old Epping man also remains in custody while a 16-year-old Pascoe Vale youth was released pending further enquiries.

The operation is ongoing, however at this time police do not anticipate further arrests.

Furthermore, the arrests are not linked to any previous operational activity.

Victoria Police would like to reassure the community that it continues to work collaboratively with JCTT partners to ensure the safety of all Victorians.

Victoria has well tested, cooperative, counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of emergencies.

The Victoria Joint Counter Terrorism Team comprises of Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be. Report any suspicious activity to Triple Zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

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