Dutch court sentences group planning terrorist attacks in country to between 10 and 17 years in prison

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — A court in Rotterdam, Netherlands sentenced members of a terror cell planning to attack public gatherings and a military base in 2018 to between 10 and 17 years in prison.

After being held in a Dutch prison for more than two years, six suspects were convicted on Thursday of planning a large-scale terrorist attack.

The Rotterdam court said that the convicts were planning to fire assault rifles during a festival, in addition to detonating a car bomb in late 2018. The men planned to wear explosive vests and detonate them when police arrived.

The convicted men planned to primarily target the civilian population in the Netherlands but thanks to the timely intervention of the Dutch security services, they were unable to carry out their plans.

The Dutch intelligence services informed police of the groups plans and a secret agent was able to infiltrate the terrorist group.

The six suspects were sentenced to between 10 and 17 years in prison. The court sentenced the group’s leader, an Iraqi national, to 17 years in prison.

The names of the suspects were not disclosed by the court in line with Dutch privacy laws.

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