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New Year's Eve terror attack foiled, man arrested

29 November 2017

A 20-year-old Australian man was arrested for his alleged plan to carry out a terror attack on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.

"What we will be alleging is that he was intending to use a firearm to shoot and kill as many people as he could", Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said on Tuesday.

Victoria and Australian Federal Police tracked Ali Khalif Shire Ali and said he planned to shoot "as many people as he could" in an attack in Melbourne's CBD.

Police will provide more detail in a press conference later this morning.

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Ali downloaded instructions from an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula website on how to launch a terrorist attack and how to use guns, Patton said.

"The male is one of our high risks persons of interest, we have been monitoring him for a lengthy period of time", Patton said.

The arrest is not linked to any previous raids or terror arrests, police said.

A man who was reportedly planning mass shooting in Melbourne Square on New Year's Eve, was arrested by the Australian police.

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The operation is ongoing however the main lines of enquiry have been completed and at this time police do not anticipate further arrests. People convicted of those crimes in Australia face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Keenan added that in December 2016, the police had taken four extremist in custody over a similar plot to attack Federal Square and other public places in Melbourne.

Search warrants were executed at the man's home, a business where he had worked, and a relative's property.

In the exclusive amateur video, obtained by A Current Affair, Special Operations Group officers can be seen arresting Ali Ali outside a cafe in Werribee yesterday afternoon.

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New Year's Eve terror attack foiled, man arrested