Trio accused of Melbourne terror plot ‘purchased IED components and machetes’

Three men accused of conspiring to “wage violent jihad” in Melbourne were motivated by the belief they would die as martyrs and enter paradise, a Supreme Court trial has been told.

Hamza Abbas, 23, Ahmed Mohamed, 25 and Abdullah Chaarani, 27, faced day one of their trial today.

They have each been charged with conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist act or acts targeting Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral on Christmas Day 2016.

Prosecutors allege the men purchased metal pipes from Bunnings in Broadmeadows, hydrogen peroxide from Chemist Warehouse, and light globes and batteries to make “improvised explosive devices”.

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