Australian police filed indictments against two local suspects arrested earlier this week for planning to bomb an Etihad Airways flight. According to the police, a senior-level ISIS terrorist instructed the men.

ISIS-led attack thwarted

ISIS-led attack thwarted Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Friday), Australian police stated that a senior-level ISIS terrorist instructed a group of Australian men on how to build an improvised explosive device in order to take down an Etihad Airways flight. The airline belongs to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is located in Abu Dhabi.

The terrorist cell planned to execute the attack on July 15th but couldn’t get the device through the airport. It is still unclear what exactly prevented the cell from getting the device past the check-in counter. The Sydney Police has filed indictments against two suspects for various offenses of terrorism. Two more suspects were arrested during the investigation, one of whom was released.

According to reports, it is possible that another terrorist attack was thwarted. After the initial plan failed, the terrorist cell attempted to create a chemical dispersion device that would release toxic hydrogen sulfide. The plan, however, was far from being ready.

“Hydrogen sulfide is very difficult to make,” said Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan. “There were precursor chemicals that had been produced, but we were a long way from having a functioning chemical dispersion device.”

“This is one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil,” Phelan added. “If it hadn’t been for the great work of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement over a very quick period of time, then we could well have a catastrophic event in this country.”