The plot also included a chemical gas attack. Respect it, islamophobes. Khaled Merhi, Abdul Merhi, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat were waging holy war in accordance with Islamic texts and teachings
And Islamic terror cell was busted for an “elaborate” plot to blow up an international flight in Australia planned to smuggle their bomb on-board inside kitchen equipment — possibly a sausage maker. Cops believe the two jihadi father-and-son duos schemed to stuff explosive material inside the culinary gear then take it on a flight from Sydney to the Middle East, the Daily Telegraph reported. Police seized a meat grinder — along with a sausage-making attachment — in a series of dramatic raids across five homes. They also found bomb-making material “ready to go,” and took handwritten notes, two phones, an iPad, two cell phone SIM packs and car registration and insurance papers, the paper reports.
It’s also possible the men intended to gas the plane passengers — several sources told The Australian that the device found would have emitted a toxic, sulphur-based gas to knock out everyone on board.
Australian man found guilty in plane bomb plot involving meat grinder
By Reuters, May 1, 2019 | 2:10pm | Updated
MELBOURNE — An Australian court on Wednesday found a man guilty of plotting to blow up an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney at the behest of the Islamic State militant group by hiding a bomb in the luggage of his brother.
Police had accused the man, Khaled Khayat, and another brother, Mahmoud Khayat, of planning two terrorist attacks that also included a chemical gas attack on the flight to Abu Dhabi in July 2017, police said.
The third brother was unaware that he was carrying a bomb, disguised as a meat mincer, in his luggage, as he tried to check in at the airport, police said.
But the device was taken out of his luggage when it was deemed too heavy and the bomb never made it past airport security.
Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat were arrested weeks later after a series of raids in Sydney.
“The jury this afternoon returned a guilty verdict for Khaled and is still deliberating in respect of Mahmoud,” a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Supreme Court said.
Police had alleged that high-grade military explosives used to make the bomb were sent by air cargo from Turkey as part of a plot “inspired and directed” by the Islamic State.
Khaled’s sentencing hearing has been set for July 26. The charges carry a maximum punishment of life in prison.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in November that the likelihood of a terror attack in Australia remained at the “probable” level, after a fatal stabbing in Melbourne that police said was inspired by the Islamic State.
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