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2 former UK soldiers jailed for attacking mosque

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December 20, 2013 11:00 AM EST | AP

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LONDON (AP) — Two former British soldiers have been sentenced to six years in prison for firebombing a mosque in northeastern England.

Stuart Harness, 34, and Gavin Humphries, 37, made petrol bombs and threw them at the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Center.

The two were jailed Friday after admitting arson. During their trial, jurors were shown video footage of the pair carrying the bombs and launching them at the door of the building. No one was injured during the incident.

The attack took place in May amid a spike in other mosque attacks and racially aggravated offenses across the U.K. in the days after a British soldier was murdered on a London street by two men in an Islamic extremist attack.