Hundreds of Australian police swooped down on homes in Sydney and Brisbane prompted by intelligence reports that ISIS supporters were planning a public execution in the country, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Authorities on Wednesday arrested several people in the coordinated raids, which amounted to the the biggest antiterrorism operation in Australia’s history. Intelligence authorities indicated that the targeted individuals were planning public beheadings and that “direct exhortations” were coming from “an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstrations here,” Abbott told reporters. Police allege that some suspects had been planning their attack for months.
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