The boys, aged 16 and 17, told authorities that a dozen North African terrorists wearing explosive vests broke into a church and were holding those inside hostage. Following the announcement, police warned residents to stay indoors while SWAT teams and soldiers rushed to the area only to discover nothing.
According to the Daily Mail, the two boys then proudly told investigators that they gave the false report "for the thrill of it" and didn't think anyone would believe them. "We didn't think it would work. We did it just for the thrill and to become famous. If people got scared, it's their problem."
According to the Daily Mail, the two boys are tied to "Gregory Chelli," a French-Israeli hacker who uses the name "Ulcan," and is a member of the Jewish Defense League; an organization which has been associated with acts of violence against opponents of Israel, especially Muslims and Arabs. Both boys will be prosecuted and possibly face prison.