Sunni Muslims burned down Shia mosque … in Australia

Three Sunni Muslim men inspired by Islamic State ideology are standing trial accused of burning down a Shia mosque, in what is believed to be the first sectarian terror act committed in Australia.

Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hatim Moukhaiber are alleged to have carried out a terror act in December 2016 by setting fire to the Imam Ali Islamic Centre at Fawkner in Melbourne to advance Sunni Islam.

Prosecutor Nicholas Robinson QC yesterday told a Supreme Court jury the accused men were followers of the extreme ideology of Islamic State and the purpose of the fire was to “advance the cause”.