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Australia Why you'll see heavily armed police at airports this Christmas

10:11  06 december  2019
10:11  06 december  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Anti-terror police armed with assault rifles will patrol Brisbane and Canberra airports this Christmas.

The squads will then be added to seven more airports over the next 18 months.

The extra 135 officers will be armed with MK18 short-barrelled rifles and trained to assess hostile threats and behaviour.

They will be accompanied by bomb-detection dogs.

a man holding a gun: Anti-terror police armed with assault rifles will be patrolling Brisbane and Canberra airports this Christmas, before being rolled out in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in the next few months.© AFP/Facebook Anti-terror police armed with assault rifles will be patrolling Brisbane and Canberra airports this Christmas, before being rolled out in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in the next few months. a group of people standing in a room: They will be accompanied by specialised firearm and explosive detection canines, who will be on the alert for bomb threats.© AFP/Facebook They will be accompanied by specialised firearm and explosive detection canines, who will be on the alert for bomb threats.

"These highly trained officers run towards dangerous incidents, not away from them," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today.

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Travel plans over Christmas may be thrown into chaos this year, after Jetstar employees voted in favour of The strike will affect airports in each capital city as well as Cairns and will take place in the coming weeks and months. Why you ' ll see heavily armed police at airports this Christmas .

"It is vital they have every resource necessary to help them do their job and protect the community."

Faced with some backlash on social media over the move, the AFP said the decision was "based on longstanding ASIO threat assessment advice".

It "will allow officers to effectively engage armed offenders in high risk environments," they added.

Australia's terror threat remains at "probable".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said recent global events served as a reminder the threat of terror had not diminished.

"We know that Australia is at risk," he said.

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"In July 2017, a major terrorist plot was disrupted targeting a passenger flight departing from Sydney.

"Just this week, our law enforcement agencies have arrested a 21-year-old who is alleged to have been involved in advocating and preparing for terrorist acts."

The announcement comes a week after convicted terrorist Usman Khan fatally stabbed two men on the London Bridge and injured three others.

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