New Year's Eve terror attack foiled, man arrested

A man has been arrested in counter-terrorism raids for allegedly planning a NYE attack

Fireworks over Melbourne skyline and Yarra River during New Years Eve fireworks on December 31, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

He had connections with extremists, Mr Patton said.

The man arrested by counter-terrorism police over a planned New Year's Eve attack in Melbourne meant to shoot as many people as he could, police will allege.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton (left) and AFP assistant commissioner Ian McCartney.

The suspect was allegedly planning to shoot and kill as many people as he could in Federation Square.

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Two other residential properties in Werribee and Meadow Heights were raided along with a commercial property in Footscray.

Police said the man had not obtained an automatic weapon by the time of his arrest in the suburb of Werribee.

The man is expected to be charged later on Tuesday with engaging in acts in preparation for a terrorist offence and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.

According to the charges against him, the accused downloaded instructions from an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula website on how to launch a terrorist attack and how to use firearms, guns and handguns and rifles on or about June 27.

Divulging details about the perpetrator, Patton said that he was in Police's radar as a man of interest ever since January this year.

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Every year thousands of revelers gather at the Federation Square to welcome the New Year.

In September 2016, an Australian court sentenced teenager Sevdet Ramadan Besim to 10 years in prison for plotting another attack on Melbourne, at an Anzac Day parade, a commemoration of the First World War landings at Gallipoli.

Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO were involved in the investigation that resulted in the young man's arrest.

Police take down terror suspect Ali Ali.

Police do not anticipate further arrests.

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