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Inquest into prison death of failed suicide bomber

Nick Reilly had Asperger’s syndrome and learning difficulties.

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Inquest into prison death of Muslim convert Nicky Reilly who blew himself up in a restaurant in a failed suicide attack (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA).

Inquest into prison death of Muslim convert Nicky Reilly who blew himself up in a restaurant in a failed suicide attack (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA).

Inquest into prison death of Muslim convert Nicky Reilly who blew himself up in a restaurant in a failed suicide attack (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA).

An inquest will be held into the death of a Muslim convert who was jailed for life over a failed suicide bomb attack at a restaurant.

In May 2008, Nicky Reilly, 30, accidentally set off a home-made nail bomb in a toilet cubicle as he prepared to target dozens of innocent customers.

Reilly, described as the “least cunning person ever to have been charged with terrorism”, injured only himself in the blast inside the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter.

On October 19 2016, Reilly, who had changed his name to Mohammed Saeed Alim, was found dead in custody at HMP Manchester.

Reilly, 30, of King Street, Plymouth, Devon, suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and had learning difficulties.

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Nicky Reilly buying nails in a shop in Plymouth (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Nicky Reilly buying nails in a shop in Plymouth (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

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Nicky Reilly buying nails in a shop in Plymouth (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and preparing an act of terrorism and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years in 2009.

Reilly decided to carry out his attack on the restaurant after being encouraged by others on the internet.

He had intended to run out into the packed dining area holding three bottles, filled with caustic soda, kerosene, and nails, to his stomach.

But he got stuck in the toilet as he prepared the blast, leaving one of the bottles to go off before he could leave the cubicle.

The explosion sent dozens of restaurant customers fleeing in panic and the bomber staggered out suffering serious facial injuries.

His inquest will be held in Heywood, Greater Manchester, before a jury and is scheduled to last up to eight days.

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