Two Australian brothers arrested in Yemen as suspected al-Qaida terrorists had been under observation in Australia over an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing on a Sydney train station, a news report said Thursday.
Australian-born Mohammed and Abdullah Ayub, as well as a Polish-born Australian, Marat Sumolsky, were among eight foreign terror suspects recently arrested by Yemeni security forces for allegedly planning to smuggle arms to Somalia.
Australian security forces had been monitoring the brothers because their father, Abdul Rahim Ayub, and his twin brother, Abdul Rahman Ayub, were suspected to be agents of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah who set up a cell in Sydney ahead of the 2000 Olympic games there, Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
Authorities believed Mohammed and Abdullah were linked to plotters who were allegedly stockpiling chemical explosive precursors as part of a plot to bomb inner Sydney's King Cross station, the newspaper said.
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