Australia terror probe: Man released without charge

Two men will face court on Friday over the alleged Sydney-based plot to bring down a plane

Two men have been charged in Australia in connection with an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane, police said Thursday.

Abdul Merhi, 50, Khaled Merhi's brother, who was also arrested, walked from police custody without charge on Tuesday night.

Police moved swiftly and raided five properties across Sydney in Surry Hills, Wiley Park, Punchbowl and Lakemba on Saturday evening.

US officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said a foreign intelligence service had intercepted communications between the plotters in Sydney and members of the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

Mr Dutton advised passengers to arrive at airports three hours before worldwide flights and two hours for domestic flights in order to clear the heightened security.

"It's a very serious allegation to have against you", Mr Kheir said.

The spokesman said the company had updated the flight arrival times to follow suit with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's recommendations.

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Four men had planned attack "in coming days".

In terms of the ongoing police investigation he said: "The investigation is continuing, the police have uncovered substantial evidence, charges will be laid in due course".

"What will happen at the airports is there will be increased security measures".

The call by Mr Carmody and other aviation security experts came amid mayhem at the nation's airports as thousands of travellers were confronted with long delays on Monday.

An Australian-born terrorism plot to place a bomb on a passenger plane was dangerously close to being carried out before it was unwittingly thwarted at an airline check-in counter. "We want to review all the information police had and what basis they had to do what they did". He said the alleged plot was foiled but Australians should remain vigilant about the threat of an attack.

People should follow the directions of their airline, he added. "Some of them will be visible to travellers, some of them will not", he said. (AAP) Intelligence agencies in Britain tipped off Australian authorities about the alleged plan after intercepting the communications.

Etihad Airways has confirmed it was helping Australian authorities with the investigation, amid reports the arrests were made after a tip-off from foreign intelligence services.

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