3 men charged with planning mass killing in Australian city

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Police say three men inspired by the Islamic State group have been charged with planning a mass-casualty attack in Melbourne, the nation’s second-largest city.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says the Australian citizens of Turkish descent were arrested Tuesday in their Melbourne homes in police raids before dawn.

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They had had their passports cancelled this year because of security concerns.

The men — 21, 26 and 30 — will appear in a Melbourne court later Tuesday, charged with acting in preparation of a terrorist event. They each could face a life prison sentence if convicted.

In what police described as an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in Melbourne on Nov. 9, a man who had his passport cancelled in 2015 was shot dead by police after he fatally stabbed a 74-year-old man and injured two other people.