Nicky Reilly, 30 (right), who was jailed for life after trying to blow himself up inside a crowded restaurant – Giraffe – in a failed suicide attack, has died in prison. Reilly converted to Islam in 2002, and in 2004, changed his name to Mohamed Rashid Saeed-Alim. He quickly became interested in violent Islamic jihad., and began to download videos on bomb-making and martyrdom.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “HMP Manchester prisoner Mohamed Saeed-Alim died in custody on Wednesday October 19. “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”
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.
Reilly was intent on becoming a martyr by killing himself and others and wrote: “That is my dream.” He considered bombing Plymouth’s Charles Cross police station and Drake Circus shopping centre as well as Devonport dockyard.
In a rambling suicide note written in red ink and left in his bedroom, Reilly described how he was motivated by the “disgusting” behaviour of people in Britain as well as the “war on Islam”. He also claimed he had not been “brainwashed or indoctrinated.” (Of course not, he was just following the teachings of the quran)