Four Muslims charged with planning to bomb Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Christmas Day ‘started the plot because they couldn’t travel to Syria’

Four Muslim men charged with planning to bomb Melbourne landmarks on Christmas Day allegedly tried to go to Syria before working on an Islamic State-inspired attack on home soil.

Ibrahim Abbas, 23, his brother Hamza Abbas, 22, Ahmed Mohamed, 24, and Abdullah Chaarani, 26, each appeared before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court via video link on Wednesday.

Police allege the four were behind an Islamic State-inspired plot targeting Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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