Australia thwarts alleged ISIS beheading plot

September 18, 2014 4:48 PM

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Australia thwarts alleged ISIS beheading plot

SYDNEY — Australian police thwarted an alleged Islamic State plot to abduct and behead a member of the public as officers detained 15 people in the nation’s largest- ever anti-terrorism operation.

Authorities carried out the pre-dawn raids in Sydney Thursday after receiving intelligence that a senior Islamic State member was urging supporters in Australia to carry out ‘‘demonstration killings,’’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters.

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