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Restaurant bomber gets 15 years in jail.

An American man who threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Somali restaurant in North Dakota was sentenced to 15 years in prison over what federal prosecutors said was an act of "hate violence."

Matthew Gust, a 26-year-old North Dakotan, pleaded guilty to arson and hate-crime charges on May 19, Vanita Gupta, head of the US Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.

In a plea agreement, Gust admitted that he threw a lighted beer bottle filled with gasoline into the Juba Cafe in Grand Forks in the early morning hours of December 8 to "intimidate and interfere with the Somali employees and patrons," Gupta said.

The North Dakota firebombing came less than a month after Islamic State's November 13 gun and bomb attacks on entertainment sites around Paris, which left dozens dead.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received more reports of discrimination, intimidation, threats and violence targeting Muslim-Americans in the wake of the Paris attacks than during any other period since the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001.

The North Dakota explosion and fire caused more than $250,000 in damage, federal prosecutors said.

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Title Annotation:Faith: Religion and the world
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Geographic Code:1U4ND
Date:Oct 21, 2016
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