January 14, 2016 / 4:17 AM / 2 years ago

Australian police say operation underway at Sydney Opera House

Police and security staff stand in front of the Sydney Opera House after it was evacuated due to a police operation January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Siegel

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A police operation was underway at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, police said, with at least one ferry leaving the area canceled and media reporting that people were being cleared away from the site.

A police spokeswoman said an operation was going on but could not provide any details. The Twitter account of the city’s ferry service said one ferry service had been canceled due to the operation.

Australia is on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown militants. Authorities say they have thwarted a number of potential attacks, although there have been several “lone wolf” assaults.

Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editig by Robert Birsel

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