Australian city of Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

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Updated 11 December 2017
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Australian city of Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

MELBOURNE, Australia: Melbourne will test a terrorism alarm system this month after police thwarted two alleged plots targeting Christmas-New Year crowds and a lone driver killed six pedestrians in the last year in Australia’s second-largest city.
Victoria state Acting Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Monday loudspeakers were being installed at over 90 sites across downtown Melbourne as part of an alarm system to be tested Dec. 28.
Police last month charged a man with preparing to commit a terrorist attack in Melbourne.
Four men are awaiting trial on terrorism charges after being arrested in December last year over a similar alleged plot.
A man has been charged with six counts of murder and 28 of attempted murder after allegedly driving a stolen car along a Melbourne pedestrian mall in January.


Official: Taliban attacks kill 8 police in east Afghanistan

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Official: Taliban attacks kill 8 police in east Afghanistan

KABUL: A district governor in Afghanistan says Taliban fighters launched a wave of attacks in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least eight police and wounding seven others.
Saeeb Khan Elham said Friday that insurgents launched a wave of attacks on compounds and police security posts in the Qarabagh district late the night before.
He said government forces meant to reinforce the district were attacked in a Taliban ambush that included roadside mines and were unable to help.
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone interview with AP. He says 16 police were killed and a government compound in the district damaged.