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Al-Qaeda plot to kill Gutnick uncovered

An al-Qaeda plot to assassinate mining magnate Joseph Gutnick in Melbourne has been revealed. Intelligence sources last night confirmed they knew of a terrorist plot to bomb Mr Gutnick’s home in St Kilda before the September 11 attacks on America. Mr Gutnick, an orthodox rabbi and prominent supporter of right-wing political forces in Israel, was told of the plot by Australian Federal Police in December last year. “It was a surprise and I was frightened,” Mr Gutnick told The Age last night. He said the plot was discovered during ASIO raids on suspected members of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist organisation in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth last October. He had been told the police found maps and details of his companies indicating a plan to bomb his home and other targets, including his local synagogue. The plot had been approved by senior al-Qaeda figures, including former military commander Abu Hafs, now believed dead, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is in US custody, and Saif al-Adel, believed to be in Iranian custody for his role in the recent Riyadh attacks. Full Story

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