Moment police swoop on Melbourne terror suspect

Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian Mc Cartney and Victorian Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Paton addresses the media

"They are working 24/7 to keep Australia safe", Mr McCartney said.

A 20 year-old man has been arrested in Victoria following counter-terrorism raids on Monday, with police alleging he was involved in preparing for planning a terrorist act in Melbourne on New Year's Eve.

"The allegations are that he was planning to commit a terrorist act and that he attempted to obtain a gun to do so", Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said.

"This is a person who expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could through shooting them in Federation Square area on New Year's Eve", he said.

Police accuse Ali of trying to obtain a guide made by Al-Qaeda that tells followers how to perpetrate extremist attacks with deadly weapons, but he was detained before he could purchase an automatic rifle.

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

He was born in Australia and this is his first time in custody.

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Authorities are still investigating how the young Werribee man became radicalised, Mr Patton said.

He's accused of plotting a mass shooting during New Year's Eve celebration, and has been charged with preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist attack.

"The threat has been contained and there is no ongoing risk posed by this individual", Victoria Police stated.

Security has been ramped up in recent years, particularly last year after police foiled a Christmas Day terror plot.

Police do not anticipate further arrests.

Specialised squads including Water Police, Mounted Branch, Operations Response Unit and Air Wing were deployed across the state.

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