“Muslim convert admits attempted suicide terror attack ,” by Duncan Gardham for the Telegraph, October 15 (thanks to R Brown):
Nicky Reilly, 22, who uses the Muslim name Mohamed Abdulaziz Rashid Saeed-Alim, pleaded guilty to launching the failed attack on a busy family restaurant at the Princesshay shopping centre in Exeter in May this year.
Reilly researched how to make a bomb, acquired the components and made three devices using caustic soda, paraffin and aluminium foil, along with nails, which he had put in glass soft drink bottles.
But when he attempted to assemble one of the soft drink bottle bombs in the lavatory cubicle of the restaurant it exploded in his hands.
Had he only taken Hamas’ “Jihad 101” online course, this would have never happened.
Reilly appeared at the Old Bailey via a video link and pleaded guilty to attempted murder at the Giraffe restaurant.
He also admitted engaging in preparation for terrorism in that he researched targets and how to make bombs and prepared three of them in the restaurant.
Two charges under the Explosives Act were not put to him after Stuart Baker, prosecuting, told the court that they were alternatives to the more serious charges.
At 10.20am on May 22 Reilly boarded a double-decker Stagecoach bus at Bretonside bus station in his home town of Plymouth, arriving in Exeter shortly after 12 noon.
He took the assembled bombs to the lavatories of the Giraffe restaurant at the Princesshay shopping centre and at around 12.50pm tried to set them off in the main dining area.
He was injured in the attack, in which one device partially detonated, and spent four days in hospital.
When police searched the flat he shared with his mother and 10-year-old brother, they found a typed note which suggested he had planned a suicide attack.
Reilly, of King Street, Plymouth, was arrested when he staggered outside after suffering serious facial injuries in the blast on May 22.