Australia’s counter-terrorism police recently prevented a deadly plot to bring down an airplane and have arrested four people in Sydney allegedly associated with an Islamist group. Investigators have seized hazardous materials that could have been used to make explosives such as an improvised explosive device (IED).
Alleged: Doubtful, Suspect, Supposed.
Seized: Take hold of something forcibly, grasp.
Hazardous: Full of risk, Perilous.
The country’s national terror threat level remains at “probable“.
Probable: Likely to occur.
“In recent days, law enforcement had become cognizant of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an IED,” the Police Commissioner told a news conference.
Cognizant: Aware, Conscious.
To prevent any such future attacks, the government has proposed changes in the law to give Australian military sweeping powers to respond immediately to any domestic terror threat. The law also proposes that military offer counter-terrorism training to the police. The current investigation is expected to be long and protracted.
Sweeping: (adjective) wide range or scope
Protracted: Prolong, Long duration
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