Australian police say five men are accused of planning a Christmas Day terror attack targeting a number of landmarks in Melbourne, the country’s second largest city. The five suspects, between age 21 and 26, were expected to appear in court Friday to be charged with acts in preparation of a terrorist event. They are believed to have been “self-radicalized” and inspired by ISIS, police said.
Four of the five suspects were born in Australia. The fifth is from Egypt. They were arrested in a series of overnight raids at properties in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Two other people initially arrested in the raids — a 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman — were released without being charged, a police statement said. READ MORE