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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 10:33 GMT
In pictures: Australia raids

Police stand outside a raided apartment block in Sydney

Australian police have carried out raids in Sydney and Melbourne to foil what they called a planned terror attack.

Police man a road block in outer Sydney

About 500 officers took part in the raids early on Tuesday, in the country's largest ever counter-terrorism operation.

A policeman puts on a protective suit as he prepares to investigate a suspicious package

Sixteen people were arrested and chemicals, weapons and computers seized from the 23 homes raided.

A policeman in a protective suits examines suspect vehicles with a robot back-up

Vehicles were searched near where one of the suspects was shot and wounded in a Sydney street.

Bomb-squad robot

Bomb squad officers said a remote-controlled robot had found a gun in a backpack worn by the suspect.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney (c) with NSW Asst Pol Comm Norm Hazzard (r) and Dep Pol Comm John Lawler (l)

New South Wales police chief Ken Moroney said a "potentially catastrophic attack" had been averted.

A van carrying terror suspects arrives at Sydney's Central Court

The suspects were charged in court with offences including membership of a "terrorist organisation".

A forensic officer takes a bag from a raided apartment block in Sydney

Prosecutors said chemicals had been found of the kind used in the London Underground bombings.

Photographers try to take pictures of the terror suspects as they arrive at Sydney's Central Court

Media strained to get pictures of the suspects, among them outspoken Algerian-Australian cleric Abu Bakr.




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