Melbourne Queen Vic Market Terror Plot Exposed
A terrorist's desire for Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market to be blown up was reportedly exposed by a UK family who pretended to be a willing recruit online.
The man, who claimed to be part of an overseas terrorist network, sent encrypted texts and voice files with instructions on setting off a bomb at the market to the perceived recruit over a period of five months, News Corp Australia reports.
But the recruit was actually a British-based family of "amateur jihadi hunters" and the correspondence handed to the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police.
The man's instructions reportedly involved making a car bomb and driving it to at a crowded corner of the market to be detonated.
In a statement a Victoria Police spokesman said the matter has been assessed and it posed no threat.
"Our teams regularly receive information from various sources and carefully assess that information based on validity and risk," the spokesman said.
"These matters were assessed earlier this year in accordance with that process and it was determined that they pose no threat in Australia."