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Lebanon's interior minister says the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Australia.
Nouhad Machnouk told reporters on Monday that four Lebanese-Australian brothers, including one who is in detention in Lebanon, had plotted to blow up the plane with a bomb hidden inside a large Barbie doll.
Australian authorities have said they thwarted a credible terrorist plot to down an aeroplane by smuggling a device onboard. They have provided few details, including the precise nature of the threat or any airlines involved.