Wednesday, October 15, 2008

UK - Terrorist bomber pleads guilty

Guily plea: Reilly was "radicalised" by Islamic extremists

A 22 year old man with a mental age of ten has pleaded guilty to an attempted terrorist attack on mainland Britain. Nicky Reilly, who adopted the Islamic faith, was “preyed upon” and “radicalised” by unknown Muslim extremists according to police. However no other suspects have been arrested in connection with the failed attacks carried out by Reilly who has taken the Muslim name of Mohammad Rashid Saeed-Alim. Reilly, who lived in Plymouth, had attempted to plant two devices at the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter, south-west England on 22nd May this year. But as the Muslim convert was priming one device it exploded injuring him. The other device was made safe by bomb disposal engineers. Reilly will be sentenced in November [BBC / Sky News].

The guilty plea on Britain’s latest terror trial comes on a day when Home Secretary announced new security measures. They will include new obligations for internet and mobile telephone communications companies to provide more information about customer useage. Some reports suggest the government wants a single database to store details of every UK phone call and e-mail sent. The new proposals will be announced as part of the Communications Data Bill in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of parliament in November [BBC]

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