Sydney terror plot: Terrorist cell planned gas attack on plane, accused identified

Sydney terror plot: Terrorist cell planned gas attack on plane, accused identified, by Mark Schliebs.

Surry Hills painter Khaled Merhi, along with Khaled Khayat, Mahmoud Khayat and Abdul Merhi have been identified as being members of what authorities believe was an alleged plan to launch a major terrorist attack, orchestrated by Islamic State milit­ants from within Syria.

None of the men have been charged since they were arrested on Saturday. …

The group of men reportedly tried to board an international flight previously and failed, causing them to change their target to a domestic flight. The ABC reports the men detained following counter-terrorism raids had already made an attempt to get an improvised explosive device onto a plane. …

A family of suspected Islamist ­extremists allegedly plotted to bring down an Australian commercial jet by gassing the passengers, in what authorities believe was a major terrorist attack plan orchestrated by Islamic State milit­ants from within Syria.