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AFL fans safe despite IS threats: police

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016

A higher than normal police presence won't be necessary at the AFL finals, Victoria's top cop says, despite Islamic State calling for its followers to commit acts of violence at the MCG.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton urged the public not to be alarmed and said much of the material had previously been published in Arabic.

"This is essentially propaganda," the chief commissioner said on Tuesday.

"(Australians) shouldn't be fearful of going out on to the streets in relation to terrorism."

IS's English-language online magazine Rumiyah on Monday published calls for its followers to commit lone-wolf attacks at Australian sites.

Mr Ashton said while there would be increased police numbers at the AFL finals played in Victoria, that was always going to be the case compared with home-and-away games.

He said additional measures are unlikely to be put in place.

"If people are planning on going to the footy this weekend, they can do so confidently," he said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews implored people to continue going about their business.

"That's a sign of strength and sends a very clear message that we will not be intimidated by these sorts of cowardly threats," Mr Andrews said.

Mr Ashton said the national threat level "probable" hasn't changed.

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