Alleged Australian terrorists linked to Al-Shabab wanted to do something “big, monstrous”

Alleged conspirators in a terror plot to attack an Australian army base hated non-Muslims and described their planned suicide mission as a “great, monstrous thing,” a court heard Tuesday.

Phone calls between the men and with an Islamic cleric in Somalia that were intercepted by police show the suspects thought they could kill up to 10 soldiers in about 20 minutes before being killed themselves in the attack, according to police records presented to the court.

Australian Federal Police agent David Kinton told the court on Tuesday that phone intercepts revealed a common theme of conversations held by one of the suspects, Saney Edow Aweys, was “hatred towards Australia and Australian people and anyone who doesn’t follow Islam.

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