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UK teen charged in school bomb plot

LONDON — A 17-year-old boy accused of planning a series of gun and bomb attacks on his former school was inspired by mass shootings, including the one at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, a prosecutor said.

The teenager, who could not be named for legal reasons, is charged with planning attacks on the school and other targets in Leicestershire.

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Prosecutor Max Hill said the teenager kept a book called ‘‘Spree Killers’’ and had noted down the number of people killed at Columbine and in Norway in 2011.

Hill added that Facebook chat records showed the boy said he wanted to ‘‘take some Muslims down’’ and named a mosque, a cinema, and government offices as targets.

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