Canadian sentenced for planned terrorist attacks

Adel Mohamed Nagi Arnaout, nicknamed the Vendetta bomber, was sentenced to an indefinite prison term on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, for planned terrorist acts, including attempted poisonings, letter bombings and exploding packages.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Todd Ducharme pronounced Arnaout to be a dangerous offender with little hope for rehabilitation. Arnaout was arrested in 2007 as police found evidence that he had searched for tips on purchasing detonators, grenades, and biological and chemical weapons such as anthrax and sarin, the Globe and Mail reports.

“I found that his intent was to kill his targets,” Ducharme said, according to the Globe and Mail. “Judged from the perspective of his intent, his actions closely resemble acts of terrorism but for the non-political, utterly banal nature of his cause. If Mr. Arnaout had been more competent, the results of his actions could have been truly horrific.”

Arnaout created a list of 452 targets that included jails, courthouses, Jewish schools and government officials.

“Mr. Arnaout has a greatly magnified sense of his own victimhood,” Ducharme said, according to the Globe and Mail. “He blames others for problems that either do not exist or that he has brought on himself. This is accompanied by a sense that he is entitled to avenge himself no matter how minor the original slight.”

Police were convinced that Arnaout was serious about his plans and had tested some of his explosives on stuffed animals and dolls. Ducharme convicted Arnaout of 11 counts of attempted murder, three counts of delivering an explosive device and one count of possessing an explosive device.

“He lacks any remorse or guilt for his actions,” Ducharme said, according to the Globe and Mail. “Indeed, he seems to believe that his actions were justified. Such a stunning lack of insight raises a very real concern about Mr. Arnaout engaging in similar activities in future.”

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