Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that four Lebanese-Australian brothers, including one who is in detention in Lebanon, had planned to take the plane with bombs hidden inside a big Barbie doll, and a grinder.
He said that the bombs are not on the floor because the bag have been placed in a state of seven kilograms (7kg (15.4 pounds above the weight permitted by the airline.
Mr Machnouk said that the bombs were sent back to the attacker and home in Australia. He said that the attacker tried to bring the two explosives on the plane in case one of them has not worked. The second would be detonated by one of the brothers that had to be the suicide attacker. It was not immediately clear how the authorities discovered the plot.
The main security gaps at Australian airports persist despite the efforts of the authorities to tighten projections after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane, the union has warned that the August 2, 2017. Photo: AFP.
The australian government said late last month that they foiled a credible terrorist plot to down a plane by smuggling a device on board. They have provided few details, including the exact nature of the threat, or any of the airlines involved.
The United Arab Emirates national airline, has said it is working with the police in the ongoing investigation. But Etihad Airways, the smallest of the three long-haul Gulf airlines that fly in Australia, has refused to confirm if it was targeted.
Khaled Khayat faces life in prison for the alleged terror plot.
At the beginning of this month, the Australian police said that two men were charged with terrorist offences in Australia in relation to an alleged plot to bring down the aircraft. It was not immediately clear if they were two of the four brothers. Four Lebanese-Australian men had been arrested by the police, who also reportedly seized a meat grinder that the investigators thought that could be the basis of a bomb. One of the four was released later without charge.
Mr Machnouk has said that two of the brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat, are held in Australia, while another, Tarek, is a senior member of the Islamic State in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Australia foiled an Islamic-inspired “terrorist plot” to bring down a plane with an improvised explosive, authorities said July 30. Photo: AFP.
He added that the fourth brother, Amer, had to be on board the plane, to work, to bring it down 20 minutes after take-off, but was arrested in Lebanon after his arrival in mid-July, Australia.
“The operation was foiled because of the extra weight,” Mr. Machnouk said. “The intelligence branch followed the case and discovered that Amer was involved in this act and it seems that he had to do.”
He said that since Tarek Khayyat moved to Raqqa and became Is commander of the Lebanese police, intelligence, has started to monitor her brothers.
Mr Machnouk said that Amer Khayyat travelled between Australia and Lebanon several times under pretexts, such as coming to getting engaged or married.
Mr Machnouk has said that about 400 passengers were on the plane, including 120 Lebanese. He said the four brothers wanted to punish the united arab EMIRATES and Australia to be part of a US-led coalition targeting the extremists.
Police searched a house in Surry Hills that is linked to a terror plot to bring down a plane. Image: AAP.
“When four Lebanese brothers and sisters in Australia decide to jump to an Emirate of the jet this means that the entire world must work together to fight terrorism,” Mr. Machnouk said. “Coordination should be 24 hours per day, between all the security agencies to stop these attacks.”
Originally published as the Barbie doll bomb plot was foiled