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Police in Australia arrest 16 terror suspects


SYDNEY, NOV 8 (AP): Police in Australia arrested 16 terror suspects, including a radical Muslim cleric accused of masterminding a cell dedicated to "violent jihad," in a string of raids in the early hours of Tuesday and said they had foiled a catastrophic terror attack.
One suspect was shot and wounded by police after he opened fire on them, said police Commissioner Graeme Morgan. An officer was hit, receiving a minor graze to the hand.
A bomb squad robot examined a backpack the suspect was wearing when he was shot and found a hand gun, Morgan said. He added that the suspect was undergoing surgery for a neck wound, but did not have details of his condition.
"I'm satisfied that we have disrupted what I would regard as the final stages of a large-scale terrorist attack ... here in Australia," New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said.