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Belfast Court Sentences Algerian on Terrorism Charges


A Belfast court has sentenced an Algerian man to six years in prison after he was found guilty of possessing bomb-making information for terrorist purposes.

The court convicted Abbas Boutrab on the charges in November, more than two years after his arrest in an immigration probe. A police search of his home produced 25 computer disks that contained bomb-making instructions and advice on smuggling explosives aboard planes.

The accused claimed he gathered the information out of curiosity, but the judge said he was satisfied that the material was for terrorist purposes.

Earlier, British police announced the arrest of a man in connection with the failed bombings on London's transit system on July 21. Tuesday's arrest was made at London's Gatwick Airport as the man arrived from Ethiopia.

The failed bombings came two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 people in London's subway system and on a bus.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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