Thursday 28 December 2017

15 Jailed for Plotting to Bomb Airport in Vietnam

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More than a dozen suspects who came before a Vietnamese court on Wednesday, December 27, were charged with “terrorism opposing the people’s administration” and sentenced for their alleged participation in a plan to blow up the country's biggest airport.
In all, 15 were detained in connection with the foiled plot, which saw security personnel at Tan Son Nhat airport in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh rush to deplane passengers on an aircraft carrying the explosives. Prior to the discovery being confirmed, several of those seated on the airplane became nervous about the nature of some boxes that were eventually found to have been stocked with the weapons.

While most of those who were busted were given anywhere between five and 14-year terms behind bars, a man by the name of Dang Hoang Thien was given 16 years for his role in making the petrol bombs (otherwise referred to as Molotov cocktails).
Vietnam is known to be very strict on acts of terror, with many receiving a death sentence for carrying out acts against the country. However, the country is considerably lenient in terms of its social media laws, making the Vietnamese one of the 10 most populous groups of people on Facebook. But acts like the one that nearly rocked Ho Chi Minh city have led to social media being more carefully scrutinized in recent times. It is reported that those who planned the bombing were actually inspired and received instructions from an overseas group who got a hold of them on the internet.

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