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British ex-soldiers jailed for mosque revenge attack ‘Islamic Cultural Center bombed, worshippers trapped inside’

LONDON, Dec 21, (AFP): Two former British soldiers who firebombed a mosque in a bid to avenge the grisly murder of a soldier by Islamic extremists were jailed for six years each on Friday. Stuart Harness, 34, and Gavin Humphries, 37, made petrol bombs and hurled them at the Islamic Cultural Centre in the eastern English fishing town of Grimsby on May 26. Terrified worshippers were trapped inside. Athird defendant, Daniel Cressey, was also jailed for six years for helping Harness and Humphries by driving them to the mosque.

The ex-soldiers carried out the firebombing four days after Islamic extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale — who had no connection with the Grimsby mosque — hacked soldier Lee Rigby to death outside his barracks in London. Sentencing Harness and Humphries at Hull Crown Court, judge Mark Bury told them their attack had hit innocent Muslims with “nothing to do with the events that so enraged you”. “They were entirely innocent law-abiding Muslims who were practising their religion in a peaceable way,” Bury said. “This was a crime of violence where a particular religious group was deliberately targeted in an act of retribution.”

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