German Teens Convicted For Terror Attack On Sikh temple

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German Teens Convicted For Terror Attack On Sikh temple

A German court on Tuesday sentenced three teenage boys over a terror attack on a Sikh wedding.

Germany:  A German court on Tuesday sentenced three teenage boys to up to seven years in juvenile detention over a terror attack on a wedding at a Sikh prayer hall that badly wounded a Sikh priest.

The three extremists, all 16 at the time, set off a home-made bomb in April last year outside a Sikh community centre where a wedding was taking place, also leaving two others with lesser injuries.

The youths, who were born in Germany, had met on social media after being radicalised by ultra-fundamentalist Salafist Muslims, and got together to commit the attack in the western city of Essen.

Two of them, identified only as T and B because they are minors, were sentenced to seven years and six years and nine months respectively for attempted murder.

The third, identified only as I, was given six years for complicity.

Prosecutors' charge they had sought to kill "non-believers" with a device they had built from a fire extinguisher shell and chemicals ordered from online shopping site, Amazon.

The power of the blast destroyed the door of the Gurdwara and blew out window frames.

A priest was left with a fractured foot bone and has been unable to resume his ministry, said the court.

Two other people suffered superficial cuts.

"The motive of the attack was hatred against other religions. The accused were already radicalised before the act," said the court in a statement.

There were no indications that the attack was linked to the ISIS, it added.

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