Terror plot: Etihad Airways helping Australian police

Long queues form at Sydney Airport's T2 Domestic Terminal as passengers are subjected to increased security, Sydney, Australia, on Monday. (EPA photo)

DUBAI -- Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it was helping Australian Federal Police with an investigation that police began into an "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down a plane and resulted in stricter security screening at Australian airports.

Four men were arrested in raids in several suburbs in Sydney, Australia's largest city, at the weekend and are being held without charge under special terror-related powers.

"The Etihad Airways aviation security team is assisting the Australian Federal Police with its investigation and the matter is ongoing," Etihad said in a statement.

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