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One arrested, two questioned during Melbourne counter terrorism raids

Police have arrested one man, and questioned two others, during counter terrorism raids in Melbourne’s north.

Around 150 state and federal officers were involved in the operation, with homes at Ascot Vale, Glenroy and Gladstone Park targeted from around 5AM on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton says the raids are related to how Roxburgh Park man Yacqub Khayre obtained the guns he used to kill a hotel clerk, and injure three police on Monday night.

“The warrants that were used this morning, were warrants under the commonwealth crimes act and therefore evidence,” said DC Patton.

“And were investing aiding and embedding engagement in a terrorist act.

“These offences, where if people are charged with them, carry life imprisonment”.

The Deputy Commissioner says those targeted are not linked with terrorism, but are known to police.