There were plans for random attacks and a link between the counter-terrorism raids in two states on Thursday hasn’t been discounted.


The main action was in Sydney:

* More than 800 federal and state police and ASIO agents swooped on homes across the city

* They executed 25 warrants directed at 15 premises and 10 vehicles, across 12 west and northwest suburbs

* Suburbs are Beecroft, Bella Vista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park

* Police struck before dawn, taking in helicopters, sniffer dog teams and forensic crews

* Fifteen people were detained

* One person – so far – has been charged with a terrorism offence and could face further charges

* NSW Police allege a group was actively preparing random attacks against members of the public

* Some of those detained are believed to have links with the Islamic State extremist group

* The raids are part of Operation Appleby, which has been running for some time

* Investigations are ongoing

There was also activity in Brisbane:

* 60 AFP and Queensland police officers raided three premises in the southern Brisbane areas of Underwood, Mount Gravatt East and Logan

* Police struck before dawn

* No arrests have been made so far

* The raids followed two arrests at an Islamic centre in Underwood last week

* They are described as a continuation of that operation

* Investigations are ongoing

Is there a link?

* There are direct links that are being investigated

Here’s what the commissioners said about the Sydney raids:

“The police activity today was about preventing this group at the earliest possible opportunity and ensuring their plans did not come to fruition.”

– Acting AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin

“Today’s operation reflects the reality of the threat that we actually face.”

– NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione

“There are some in our community that have over a period of time plotted and planned to hurt other Australians.”

– Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart

(Source: AFP, state police)