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Islamic leaders condemn Victoria terror plot

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016 Rachel Gray

Victoria's Islamic leaders have "strongly condemned" an alleged Christmas Day terror plot targeting three Melbourne landmarks, including a church.

Five young men faced court on Friday accused of planning the attack on Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral using explosives and weapons.

The Islamic Council of Victoria condemned plots targeting civilians and places of worship.

"We share the fear and anxiety of our fellow Victorians," council vice-president Adel Salman told AAP.

Islamic Council of Victoria © Facebook/Islamic Council of Victoria Islamic Council of Victoria In a statement on its Facebook page the ICV said: "What these men are accused of are against the very values that we all hold dear."

"The ICV strongly condemns any plans and actions to attack innocent civilians and places of worship, especially during this religiously important time of the year for so many in our community, including our Christian friends.

"Having said that, we ask that our fellow citizens withhold their final judgement until the legal process has taken its due course."

The ICV also called on all Victorians to oppose anything that could undermine the state's "successful and vibrant and inclusive diverse society".

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