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Boys accused of school bomb plot

Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of planning explosions at a school and shopping centre.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, from Denton, Greater Manchester, planned to strike on 20 April, Tameside Magistrates' Court was told.

They are charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life and injure property between 1 November 2007 and 15 March 2009.

Both boys, who cannot be named, were remanded in custody until 30 March.

They spoke only to confirm their name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing and were not asked to enter a plea.

Vivien Vince, chair of the bench, remanded both youths into custody to appear at Minshull Street Crown Court.

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