Four Muslim men accused of plotting Christmas Day terror attack were found with chemicals used to make Mother of Satan bomb

Chemicals capable of making an explosive nicknamed ‘Mother of Satan’ were allegedly found in the possession of four men accused of plotting a Christmas Day terror attack in Melbourne, a court has been told.

Federal police chemicals expert Vincent Otieno-Alego analysed substances that could produce up to 2g of triacetone triperoxide (TATP), he told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Hamza Abbas, 22, his 23-year-old brother Ibrahim Abbas, Ahmed Mohamed, 24, and 26-year-old Abdullah Chaarani appeared in court for the second day of a pre-trial committal hearing.