On December 23rd the BBC News website published an article titled “Germany arrests two on terror charges” in which readers were informed that:
“Two men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack on a shopping centre in Oberhausen near the Dutch border, police say. […]
It is not yet known how advanced the preparations for the attack were, or if others were involved, the statement said.”
(The two men were subsequently released)
An additional article – headlined “Melbourne Christmas Day ‘terror attack’ foiled, say Australia police” – also appeared on the BBC News website on the same day.
“Australian police have foiled a major terror attack in Melbourne on Christmas Day, officials say. […]
The plot involved the use of explosives and other weapons, police say.
The alleged targets included high-profile locations around Melbourne, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and the main train station.
Six men and a woman were detained in Friday’s raid on suspicion of “preparing or planning a terrorist attack”, police say.
The woman and two men were later released.”
The arrest of a terror cell in an additional location had been announced the day before those two articles appeared.
“Israeli security agents busted a 20-member Hamas cell that was plotting suicide bombings and shootings against Israeli citizens in major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem and Haifa, the Shin Bet disclosed on Thursday. […]
The suspects told investigators that between May and August 2016 they set up a lab in Nablus and produced nearly 15 pounds of TATP explosives intended for suicide bombings in Jerusalem, Haifa and bus stations across the country.
They also obtained M-16 rifles for attacks on Israeli civilians, and enlisted four suicide bombers. The terror cell was supported by a broad network of supporters who assisted in acquiring and storing weapons, transferring funds and hiding wanted persons.”
That story, however, was not deemed newsworthy by the BBC.