Two accused of terrorism offences

The NSW Common anti-Terrorism Squad has charged a 49-year-old Lakemba man, Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, and Mahmoud Khayat, a 32-year-old Punchbowl man, with two counts each of acts in preparation for a terrorist act.

It is not clear how they are related.

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The maximum penalty for the crime of life imprisonment. Both men are scheduled to appear in Parramatta Court on Friday morning.

Charges after four men were arrested on Saturday during the dramatic raids carried out across Sydney.

A 50-year-old man, Abdul Mehri, was released from police custody on Tuesday, August 1, at no additional cost. A man remains in police custody for seven days to conduct investigations.

Khaled Khayat. Photo: Supplied.

A scene of the crime in Surry Hills, Sydney. Image: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.

The elements inside a car as it is removed from Surry Hills during the police raid. Image: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

News of the expenditure is fresh with details on how close the bombers came to carry out their supposed mission have been revealed.

It has been reported that an unwitting passenger could have been used to smuggle the bomb on board “without knowing that they were part of a suicide mission”.

Fairfax claims that the device is made for the Sydney airport for the check-in area, but the passenger was “interrogated on the weight of the baggage at the check-in counter and learned it was too heavy”.

Six addresses across Sydney were searched this week, including in the suburbs of Lakemba, Punchbowl (two locations), Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Bankstown.

On Thursday, the Director-General of Security lowered the terrorist threat to the flight that includes a return to normal check in times.

The Minister of transport, Darren Chester, said in a statement travel to see things return to normal in the next 24 hours.

“However, as a precaution, some of the additional security measures will stay in place. Some of these measures will be obvious, some not, but Australians should remain reassured that public safety is the top priority.

The control of the passengers and plainclothes police officers on the flight remains a greater security.

The members of the community are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

A car is removed as part of the police investigation. Image: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.