Terrorist Attack in Melbourne was Prevented

The man allegedly planned to target New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne

Vision has emerged of the moment heavily armed police pounced on the 20-year-old Somali-Australian accused of plotting a "catastrophic" terror attack in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Police assured people of Victoria that there was "no risk or no threat to the Victorian community" after the man was removed from society.

Mr Shire faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist attack. Ali was not required to plea to the charges and did not apply to be released on bail.

He meant to use a firearm and kill as much as possible at Federative Square during New Year's Eve, "said Victoria Deputy Chief of Police, Shane Patton".

His behaviour had gradually escalated over time, but police believe he was acting alone.

"We were monitoring this person".

"He has been subject to our active investigation and at no stage did he access a firearm - albeit that was his intention", Patton told ABC.

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"This is a person who would become particularly energised, for a lack of a better word, when overseas events occurred and would express a great deal of interest in committing an attack himself".

Additional search warrants were issued for the suspect's relative's home and at a computer business where he once had a part-time job.

Police will provide more detail in a press conference later this morning.

Keenan urged the public to continue with their usual routines over the period and expect to see a heavy police presence. "They are working 24/7 to keep Australia safe", Mr McCartney said.

IEDs in Melbourne, Aug 2016: Counterterrorism police disrupt an alleged domestic terrorist attack in Melbourne, potentially involving improvised explosive devices.

Australian officials have grown increasingly concerned over the threat of extremist attacks, raising the national terror alert level in September 2014.

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