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“We dodged a bullet” | How Bunnings staff helped Melbourne avoided a terror tragedy

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A leading terrorism analyst says Melbourne “dodged a bullet” when a plot for mass murder at Federation Square was foiled.

And it started with a tip off from Bunnings in 2016.

Staff alerted police after a young man purchased 700 nail gun cartridges packed with gunpowder.

A trio of men were recently found guilty of plotting the attack.

“I think we did dodge a bullet. We were lucky,” Dr David Wright-Neville told Neil Mitchell.

“There have been other instances, which I don’t think I can talk about publicly, where it’s been luck rather than good policing or good intelligence work that has allowed us to avoid a large tragedy.”

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