Monday, November 10, 2003

Lucas Heights reactor

The French national who was recently arrested in Australia on terrorism charges may have been plotting to target a nuclear power plant.

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today refused to comment on reports that accused terrorist Willie Brigitte may have been planning a terror attack on Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

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The possible targeting of the Lucas Heights reactor was reportedly raised by ASIO operatives during a "hearing" held at the Sydney offices of the Australian Crime Commission, reports suggested.

"There are a number of locations in our community, which are essentially vulnerable," Mr Ruddock told reporters in Sydney today.

"Part of the nature of intelligence is to work out locations that could be at risk."

When asked specifically about whether the Lucas Heights reactor had been identified as a terror target by Brigitte, he said: "It is subject to an ongoing inquiry."

France knew Brigitte had links to Al-Qaeda, but failed to notify Australia of his background after he arrived there.

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that Lucas Heights is not a power plant, but a research reactor.


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