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November 14, 2005

Islamists May Have Eyed Nuclear Reactor

Islamist terrorists arrested last week in Australia may have been targeting a nuclear reactor near Sydney:

Under the heading "Targets," police said three of the men were stopped near Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in December 2004. A security gate lock had recently been cut.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil. The country has been on medium security alert since shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

The document said six of the men went on "hunting and camping trips," which police described as jihad training camps, in the Australian outback in early 2005.

"This training is consistent with the modus operandi of terrorists pprior to attacks," the police document said.

An arrested spiritual leader called for "maximum damage." Since Lucas Heights only has a research reactor the damage would be more psychological than material. Singapore Serf has more on the reactor and a little about what keeps the lights on down under.

"Terror Suspects Eyed Sydney Reactor: Police"

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