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A family of alleged Islamic extremists are accused of planning to bring down a passenger plane in an ISIS-inspired terror attack in Australia.
Two Lebanese-Australian father and son duos are reportedly the four men arrested over the alleged plot after dramatic raids across Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
Australian Federal Police, ASIO and NSW Police jointly carried out the operation on Saturday in Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.
One of the men was reportedly dragged from his Lakemba home wearing only a towel, while his father was arrested at a property in neighbouring Punchbowl.
A magistrate ruled police can hold the men for an 'additional period of detention' under the Crimes Act while investigations continue.'This recognises that terrorism investigations are inherently complex and that there can be legitimate reasons for extended periods of detention for suspects in such matters,' an AFP statement said.
AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said they treated the plot as credible and there was an intention and 'quite possibly a capability' to carry it out.He said the raids were a 'major joint counter-terrorism operation' and reminded the Australian people 'the threat of terrorism is very real'.'The office of transport security has advised security screening will take longer, and travellers should arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening,' he said on Sunday.The man appeared to be distressed and bleeding from the head as he walked to a waiting ambulance, Nine News reported.He could be heard saying 'they bashed me.' When asked by who, he answered 'police.'When asked why he was being arrested, the man mumbled 'I don't know nothing.' Shocked neighbours have said the family living in the property were 'perfectly nice and normal people.''We knew them to say hello to and they seemed nice,' said one woman, who didn't want to be identified.