Police fear maps clue to Sydney bomb plot: Explosives similar to London bombing found in suburban home
- The Daily Telegraph
- August 19, 2014
EXPLOSIVES similar to those used in the 7/7 London tube bombings and maps possibly targeting two Sydney CBD locations were uncovered in a suburban home.
It is understood one map contained the words “George St’’ and “uniform’’, believed to refer to a uniform shop on the Sydney street near Central Station.
The second map had references to “brothel’’, “bridge’’ and “grave’’, believed to be a site in Newcastle.
Australian Federal Police have joined the investigation.
Police discovered the maps while raiding property in Pullenvale, north of Brisbane, last week which was being rented by NSW man Daniel Fing, 30.
The haul of explosives included 22 litres of liquid explosive material TATP, which is favoured by terrorists and was used in the London attacks because it can create a military grade explosive.
“It’s an extreme explosive. It’s made from very common household ingredients,” explosives expert Dr James Blinco from the QUT School of Chemistry in Brisbane said.
A real estate agent inspecting the property discovered explosives in the shed and called police.
Mr Fing had left the property some time before the agent’s visit and had stopped paying rent. He is alleged to have stolen a navy diver’s identity to rent the house.
Federal investigators yesterday used sniffer dogs to thoroughly search the property.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman would not comment on the alleged discovery of maps.
Mr Fing was arrested last month on unrelated charges in Newcastle and is in custody.
Federal investigators, along with officers from Queensland and NSW police, will continue combing the property for clues today.
Police described it as “very serious material’’.
They carried out a series of controlled detonations last week.
Acting Inspector Mark Bradford said: “The setup of the shed is certainly of sophistication. It’s not something, for want of better words, a backyard setup.
“The setup in there has indications that’s it’s more likely than not related to the use of explosives — as opposed to drug material.”
Police and firefighters spent much of Thursday determining the stability of a cache of chemicals in a detached shed.
Fing is due to appear in a NSW court on unrelated matters at the end of the month.
Real estate agent Benjamin Smith said a man and woman had been renting the home for about a year.
They left the property after falling behind in their rent.