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Operation underway at Sydney Opera House.

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Chinese tourists take pictures of each other as they pose in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, September 28, 2015. Australia is planning a A$40 million global tourism campaign to help fill the economic hole left by the commodities downturn, targeting a growing group of Chinese holidaymakers who favour independent itineraries over traditional large group packages. Picture taken September 28, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

Australian police say operation underway at Sydney Opera House.

By Matt Siegel

SYDNEY, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A police operation was underway at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, police said, with at least one ferry leaving the area cancelled 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 cancelled 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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