Lebanon’s interior minister reveals how officials uncovered the plan to blow-up a flight from Australia to Abu Dhabi
The country’s interior minister revealed a flight from Australia to Abu Dhabi was targeted by plotters in a bid to down a passenger plane carrying 400 passengers.
Hundreds would have died if the plan was carried out
Nouhad Machnouk, speaking to a Saudi Arabia-owned TV channel, said four Lebanese-Australian brothers hatched the plan.
One of them, Amer Khayyat, has been detained in Lebanon.
Meanwhile Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat were arrested in Australia, the minister revealed.
The fourth, Tarek Khayyat, is claimed to be a senior ISIS member living in the terror group’s under-siege capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.
Mr Machnouk described how Amer was supposed to be on board the plane, carrying around 400 passengers, in order to bring it down 20 minutes after takeoff.
Chillingly the plot involved the use of a child’s Barbie (file pic)
But he revealed how the explosives did not make it on to the plane because the handbag they were being carried in was 7kg over the weight permitted by the airline.
Amer, who made several trips between Australia and Lebanon under the pretext of coming to get engaged or married, was arrested in Lebanon after he arrived in mid-July from Australia.
Mr Machnouk said: “The operation was foiled because of the extra weight.
“Intelligence branch followed on the case and found that Amer was involved in this act and it appears that he was supposed to carry it out.
“When four Lebanese brothers in Australia decide to blow up an Emirati jet this means that the whole world should work together to fight terrorism. “Coordination should be 24 hours a day between all security agencies to stop such attacks.”
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