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Sydney Police Foil "Imminent" Terrorist Attack

A hunting knife, a machete, a video recording, and a flag were seized in the Sydney terror raid.

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NSW deputy police commissioner Catherine Burn held a morning news conference to outline details of counterterrorism raids in Fairfield on Tuesday. She said officers found knives, machetes, and what was reportedly a homemade ISIS flag.

"We will be alleging that the two men were well advanced in their preparations," she said. "As a result of the police activities yesterday, a number of items were seized and will be included as part of our evidence in court, and include a video recording, a flag, a machete, and a hunting knife."

NSW Premier Mike Baird praised the actions of police in foiling the "imminent" attack.

NSW Premier @mikebairdMP has congratulated police, saying they have clearly prevented a terrorist attack.

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NSW Premier @mikebairdMP has congratulated police, saying they have clearly prevented a terrorist attack.

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The arrests come against the backdrop of Australia's heightened terror-threat level.

Three people died when a lone gunman held cafe-goers hostage in Sydney's Martin Place last year. A coroner's inquest into the "Sydney siege" is ongoing and has found that killed gunman Man Monis was carrying out the attack in the name of ISIS.