Man arrested over alleged plane terror plot released without charge

Australian police officers at work in the Surry Hills suburb of Sydney

Security risks for New Zealand travellers at airports here are unchanged "for now" following the terror scare in Australia.

Time is now running out for Federal Police to lay charges after a Magistrate granted them a seven-day extension last Sunday to investigate the plot and interrogate the men allegedly involved.

USA officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said a foreign intelligence service had intercepted communications between the plotters in Sydney and members of the Islamic State militant group in Syria. "Our Mfat (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and security officials are constantly assessing potential risks and providing advice for travellers accordingly", an Aviation Security spokesman said.

British intelligence tipped off the Australian authorities about an Islamist plot to bring down an global flight, it has been claimed.

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Australian airports have increased their security measures and passengers were left waiting in lengthy queues after being advised to arrive earlier than usual.

The houses of the detained men were still being searched on Monday evening, two days after the arrests.

Police have been searching five properties across Sydney after four men were arrested in raids on Saturday.

Forensics officers had also set up a tent for objects taken from the house, according to a Reuters witness.

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