Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton mentioned the placement of the deliberate assault hadn’t been finalized, however the males had been intending to focus on a outstanding public place.
“There was a view in the direction of a crowded place, a spot the place most folks could be attending to have the ability to kill, we allege, kill a most quantity of individuals as attainable,” Ashton advised reporters at a information convention Tuesday.
The three males, aged 21, 26 and 30, had been Australian nationals of Turkish background, Ashton mentioned, all of whom had had their passports canceled by federal businesses previously 12 months.
He mentioned the three males had been below investigation since March however in latest days they’d tried to purchase a .22 semi-automatic rifle to be used within the alleged plot.
“Actually, impressed by ISIS, we all know that and just lately over in regards to the final week we have change into much more energized,” Ashton mentioned.
Hassan Khalid Shire Ali drove a truck stuffed with fuel canisters right into a crowded avenue on November 9 however the canisters did not explode as deliberate.
After stabbing three passersby, Shire Ali was shot lifeless by police after a dramatic stand off. The attacker’s passport had been canceled in 2015 after he had deliberate to fly to Syria.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) mentioned there was no suggestion the newly foiled assault was directed by ISIS.
“If we had not acted early in stopping this assault we are going to allege that the implications would have been chilling… with a possible vital lack of life,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney mentioned.