Anti-terror raids under way in Melbourne, police confirm

Australian police are conducting a counter-terrorism operation in Melbourne, just days after a deadly siege by a lone gunman in the city.

Police forced entry into a Housing Commission flat in Ascot Vale and items were being bagged as evidence by police.

Victorian deputy police commissioner Shane Patton said the man did not have any links to terrorism, but had a criminal history.

The raids are connected to Monday night's Brighton siege.

Victoria Police confirmed they were "conducting a police operation in the northern suburbs" of Melbourne, but declined to comment further.

Five people were found in the second unit police searched, including the 32-year-old man who was taken into custody.

The raids related to how Khayre had obtained weapons before the suspected terrorism incident, authorities said.

Mr Patton said: 'He's being interviewed by the joint counter-terrorism team'.

Andrews also called for the Federal Government to implement 24/7 anti-terror security at Australian airports and share the technology to disable phones in an emergency.

A 31-year-old male and his 51-year-old father are being questioned by police from Gladstone Park but have not been arrested.

'As I say, these are in follow-up to the investigation.

He had earlier shot dead the apartment worker Nick Hao, and after two hours in the hostage situation he fired a sawn-off shotgun at Special Operations Group officers, injuring three of them.

Locals reported on social media that about a dozen police were searching a number of garbage bins.

'They're in transit but they must be close because they're running'.

"I've been briefed very early this morning, a number of warrants are being executed in Melbourne as we speak", Andrews told Sky News.

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews told Sky News television that the raids were conducted "in connection with the awful tragic events of Monday in Brighton".

Residents in Ascot Vale have described seeing police rummage through bins as part of the anti-terror operation.

  • Zachary Reyes