Exeter suicide bomber's intention was to kill, say Devon and Cornwall police

PUBLISHED: 13:33 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

FAILED Exeter suicide bomber Nicky Reilly s criminal act was calculated to kill, cause harm and spread panic, Devon and Cornwall Police said this week.

FAILED Exeter suicide bomber Nicky Reilly's criminal act was 'calculated to cause harm and spread panic,' Devon and Cornwall Police said.

"There is no doubt that his intention was to kill and seriously injure many innocent members of the public in Giraffe restaurant in Exeter on Thursday May 22," said Assistant Chief Constable for operations and crime, Debbie Simpson. "The two improvised explosive devices found in [Reilly] Mohamad Saeed Alim's rucksack contained a combination of explosive chemicals and nails with which he intended to kill many people in Exeter that day.

"The incident in Exeter shows that terrorism remains a real and serious threat to all communities across the UK - and not just in our major cities.

"Acts of violent extremism such as this have been condemned from all sectors of our community, and the force will continue to work with partners and community groups to help prevent such criminal activities taking place in the future."

Asst chief constable for ops and crime Debbie Simpson said the investigation had been 'complex and challenging' both for the force and local communities.

She added: "We would like to thank the people of Exeter, Plymouth and beyond for the way they reacted to the events of May 22 and for the support all sectors of the community have given us in the course of this investigation.

"We will continue to work with local people, community groups and our partners to ensure that Devon and Cornwall remain safe and welcoming places to live and visit."

Reilly was this week tried under his recently-changed name of Mohamad Saeed Alim at the Old Bailey where he pleaded guilty via video link to the counts of attempted murder and preparation for acts of terrorism.

He has been remanded in custody at high-security Belmarsh jail and will appear before the Old Bailey for sentencing next month.

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