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Exeter bomb charge man in court

Nicky Reilly
The accused suffered facial injuries in the blast

A man accused of attempting to detonate bombs in a restaurant in Exeter has been remanded in custody.

Nicky Reilly, who answered to the name Mohammed Abdulaziz Rashid Saeed-Alim, appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

The 22-year-old from Plymouth has been charged with three offences in connection with an explosion in the Giraffe restaurant.

He was injured when a device exploded at the restaurant on 22 May.

Islam convert

The charges cover conduct in preparation for committing acts of terrorism, possession of an explosive substance with intent and possession of explosives.

Prosecutor Colin Gibb said Mr Reilly was arrested in hospital several hours after the restaurant explosion.

He said Mr Reilly, who was charged under that name, converted to Islam five years ago and changed his name a year ago.

Further details contained in court charge documents revealed Mr Reilly is accused of assembling the failed bomb in the toilet of the Giraffe restaurant and of intending to detonate it in the dining area.

District judge Timothy Workman remanded him in custody to reappear at the Old Bailey on 20 June. There was no application for bail.

Two further men remain in police custody in connection with the investigation.




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