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Copenhagen bomber found guilty of attempted terrorism

By Camilla Fuhr Nilsson, For CNN
Danish police photograph shows Lors Doukaev with the scars he sustained when he set off a bomb.
Danish police photograph shows Lors Doukaev with the scars he sustained when he set off a bomb.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lors Doukaev of Chechnya was injured when bomb material detonated in a hotel
  • He intended to send a letter bomb to a Danish newspaper, court documents say
  • The newspaper had published 12 drawings of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed
RELATED TOPICS
  • Copenhagen
  • Terrorism

(CNN) -- A jury in Copenhagen City Court on Monday found 25-year-old Chechen Lors Doukaev guilty of attempted terrorism, the court announced.

According to the court documents Lors Doukaev intended to send a letter bomb to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten but accidentally set off the bomb material in Copenhagen Hotel Jorgensen where he was staying last September.

The blast destroyed the bathroom and injured Doukaev, who ran into a nearby park. Police surrounded him in the park and the bomb squad detonated a pouch he was wearing.

In addition to the conviction for attempted terrorism, he was also found guilty of carrying a pistol. He could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison. Sentencing will be Tuesday.

Doukaev traveled to Denmark on September 7 under false name and booked a room on Hotel Jorgensen under a false name. He said in court that he had a pistol and a bomb for personal security reasons

Jyllands-Posten triggered global protests and controversy in 2005 when it published 12 drawings of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The controversy grew in early 2006 when a Norwegian newspaper reprinted the drawings. Islamic law generally bans any depiction of Mohammed.