Australia raises terrorism threat level - Tony Abbott
Friday, 12 September 2014 - 10:54
Australia has raised its terrorism threat level from medium to high, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.
The move comes in response to growing concern over the domestic impact of militant conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
Security officials were concerned by the growing number of Australians "working with, connected to or inspired by" Islamist groups, Mr Abbott said.
But he said that there was no specific intelligence regarding a planned attack.
"I want to stress that this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent. We have no specific intelligence of particular plots," he told a press conference.
"What we do have is intelligence that there are people with the intent and capability to mount attacks here in Australia."
Officials say dozens of Australians have gone to fight for jihadist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as the al-Nusra Front) in the Middle East.
They are worried about the impact of both returning fighters and supporters of these groups on domestic security.
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