A German court has convicted Yusef al-Hajj Deeb of attempted murder and sentenced him to life in prison, over a failed plot to bomb trains in Germany two years ago. Prosecutors said the 24 year old Lebanese man, and an accomplice, boarded passenger trains in Cologne with suitcases containing propane gas and detonators.
Police said the devices failed to explode due to a construction flaw.
The court in Duesseldorf heard, had the attack been successful, it could have caused up to 75 casualties.
Haj Deeb told the court he had built the bombs so they would not explode. He said he just wanted to frighten people, after the publication of newspaper cartoons making fun of the Prophet Mohammed.