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A man who plotted a bomb attack on a mosque has been sentenced to five years and five months in prison by a Polish court.

According to the findings of Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW), the man – who can be named only as Marcin K. under Polish privacy law – belonged to an unnamed group of far-right extremists.

The radicals aimed to prevent the “Islamisation” of Poland by targeting Muslims living in the country, including through a bomb attack on a mosque. They were inspired by the terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Breivik in Norway and Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand, said the ABW in a statement.

Marcin K. was one of two men arrested in 2019. During searches of their premises, officers found explosives, firearms, ammunition and vials of toxic substances, which were also intended to be used in the attack.

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