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Militants urged Australian 'demonstration killings' - PM Abbott
September 18, 2014 / 1:47 AM / 3 years ago

Militants urged Australian 'demonstration killings' - PM Abbott

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during the launch of a student mobility programme at a university in Mumbai September 4, 2014.Danish Siddiqui

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said large-scale counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday followed intelligence that Islamic militants were urging supporters to conduct "demonstration killings" in Australia.

More than 800 personnel were involved in the pre-dawn raids, described as the largest in Australian history, and at least 15 people had been detained, police told an earlier media conference.

Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Dean Yates

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