Police arrested one man after conducting a counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

Police and rescue vehicles are pictured in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton on June 5, 2017. Photo: Getty Images.

Police this morning conducted a counter terrorism operation in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the raids were connected to the Brighton siege which saw an apartment worker shot dead as well as the gunman Yacqub Khayre.

A 32-year-old man was arrested in the raids after three search warrants were executed in Ascot Vale, Gladstone Park and Glenroy.

The man was part of a group of five men found in one of the units searched, and is being interviewed by police.

Victorian deputy police commissioner Shane Patton said the man did not have any links to terrorism, but had a criminal history.

“We believe these persons are maybe involved in the provision of firearms in respect to this matter that were used by the offender,” Patton said.

Members of the Special Operations Group were part of a group of 150 officers in the area, some searching bins, according to 3AW.

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