Scotland: Student described as would-be suicide bomber gets 8-year sentence

October 23, 2007 13:57

A Scottish college student who declared that he intended to become a suicide bomber after scouring extremist Islamic sites on the Internet was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison. Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, was convicted in September of four terrorism offenses and also of causing a disturbance by telling fellow students he planned to become a suicide bomber. Prosecutors said during the four-week trial that Siddique was watched by security agents for several months before he was arrested in April 2006 as he tried to board a flight from Glasgow to Lahore, Pakistan. Siddique, from the town of Clackmannanshire in central Scotland, had stored and posted guides to bomb-making, guns and explosives on a network of Web sites, prosecutors said.

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