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5 Men Convicted For Mosque Arson Attack

Five men have been convicted of arson with a terrorist intent on a mosque in Netherlands

Islamitische Vereniging Enschede Mosque
Islamitische Vereniging Enschede Mosque, Google Street View

Five right-wing extremists have been found guilty of throwing Molotov cocktails at 'Islamitische Vereniging Enschede Mosque', located in Dutch city of Enschede, Netherlands.

The original incident happened on Saturday 27th February 2016. the men threw Molotov cocktails at the mosque whilst there were about 30 people inside, including children.  Nobody was injured in the attack and it did not cause serious damage to the mosque.

The men were arrested and charged with arson. The trial commenced in Overijssel Court, the court said that the attack had "terrorist characteristics."

It was heard in the courtroom of the assailants, "By carrying out their right-wing extremism and racist ideas in this way they brought a great deal of fear to especially the mosque-goers in Enschede and the Dutch Muslim community in general."

The four of the men have each been struck with four years' of imprisonment for arson. The fifth man has two years of his prison sentence conditionally suspended because he showed remorse.