An special anti-terrorism court Thursday sentenced five Americans accused of contacting militants in Pakistan over the Internet and plotting terrorist attacks to 15 years each in prison, ARY NEWS reported.

The convicts were also fined Rs 70,000 apiece.

The five young Muslims from the Washington, D.C. area, were arrested in Pakistan in December after their families reported them missing.

The men have been identified as Ramy Zamzam of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan Yemer and Ahmed Minni of Ethiopian descent.

One allegedly left behind a farewell video in the United States showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended.

Prosecutors said they presented evidence such as e-mail records and witness statements backing up their contention the men were plotting terror attacks in Pakistan.

Police deployed extra patrols and barriers around a local court ahead of verdict in the trial. The road in front of the court building was blocked off, while police vehicles swarmed the scene.

Ary News