Windsor Star

Australian Muslim cleric, five others, convicted


A firebrand Muslim cleric and five followers were convicted Monday of forming an Australian terrorist cell accused of plotting bomb attacks designed to kill thousands.

The jury in Australia’s largest terror trial found Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 48, guilty of being the leader of the cell in the southern city of Melbourne and five others guilty of being members.

The court heard that Benbrika urged his followers to target football matches or a train station and kill civilians to pressure Australia to withdraw soldiers from Iraq and Afghanista­n.

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