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  • 21 March 2014, 22:01

'Columbine' Terror Trial Shown Petrol Bomb Video

A teenager armed himself with guns and explosives and planned a Columbine massacre on his old school, the Old Bailey has heard.

A shaky video was shown to the jury of Michael Piggin lighting a rag stuffed inside a bottle of flammable liquid and then throwing it down an alley.

The Molotov cocktail explodes leaving flames on the ground and up a brick wall.

Piggin, who was 17 when arrested but can now be named after turning 18, is accused of plotting a terror attack on staff and pupils at his former school in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

He identifiedLoughborough Mosque, a local cinema, Loughborough University and council offices as targets, it is alleged.

A second video was shown to the court of Piggin writing anti-Muslim graffiti on a wall.

In it, he spray-paints "No More Mosques!" in large black letters.

Piggin, who has Asperger's syndrome, denies a charge of possessing items for the purpose, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.

They include partially-assembled petrol and pipe bombs, partially-constructed improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a stab proof vest and gas mask, air rifles, pistols, ammunition and a notebook containing information about making explosives.

He also denies possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful for a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Piggin and two other teenagers, who cannot be named, have already pleaded guilty to possessing petrol bombs and component parts of pipe bombs for the use of explosive devices, the jury was told.

Piggin has also admitted possessing the component parts for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the court heard.

Twelve students and one teacher were killed in the Columbine high school massacre in Colorado in 1999.

The trial continues.

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