UK teen tried to copy Columbine massacre
Thursday, October 3, 2013
LONDON (AP) — A 17-year-old boy accused of planning a series of gun and bomb attacks on his former school was inspired by mass shooting sprees, including the one at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The teenager, who could not be named for legal reasons, is charged with planning terror attacks on the school and other local targets in Leicestershire in central England.
Speaking at the boy’s trial, prosecutor Max Hill said the teenager kept a book called “Spree Killers” and had noted down the number of people killed at Columbine and by Anders Behring Brevik in Norway in 2011.
Hill added that Facebook chat records showed the boy claimed he wanted to “take some Muslims down” and named a local mosque, a cinema, and government offices in the town of Loughborough as potential targets.
The defendant, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was arrested in February after being found with a machete. Police searching his home later found weapons, including ammunition, partially-assembled gasoline bombs and other explosives. He denies terrorism offenses but has admitted possessing bomb parts.
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