Accused Islamic terrorist, 21, who ‘plotted New Year’s Eve attack in Melbourne’ set to stand trial

A Somali-born man accused of plotting a terror attack on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne’s Federation Square is set to stand trial.

Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 21, who was arrested and charged last November, had been the target of an undercover Operation San Jose by the Australian Federal Police’ (AFP) Joint-Counter-Terrorism Team, the court heard.