The plot targeted an Etihad Airways flight on July 15, but the bomb never made it past airport security. Pic for representation/AFP
The plot targeted an Etihad Airways flight on July 15, but the bomb never made it past airport security. Pic for representation/AFP

An Australian man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb disguised as a meat-mincer built at the direction of a senior Islamic State commander, police said on Friday.

Police said two men, who have been charged with terror-related offences, also planned to build a device to release poisonous gas in a public area. High-grade military explosives used to build the bomb were sent by air cargo from Turkey as part of a plot “inspired and directed” by the Islamic State terrorist group, police Deputy Commissioner National Security Michael Phelan said.

The plot targeted an Etihad Airways flight on July 15, but the bomb never made it past airport security, he said. “This is one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil,” Phelan said. One of the brothers was unaware that he was carrying a bomb, disguised as a meat mincer, in his luggage, and tried to check it in at the airport, police said.