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En bombe eksploderte prematurt i ansiktet på 22 år gamle Nick Reilly i et kjøpesenter i Exeter, Storbritannia, torsdag. Reilly var konvertitt til islam og har en mental historie. Man mener noen har utnyttet ham.

Reilly beskrives som enfoldig og troskyldig. Naboer og politiet mener det er utenkelig at han kan ha laget bombene på egen hånd. En bombe eksploderte i ansiktet hans på toalettet til en restaurant i kjøpesenteret. En annen ble funnet utenfor.

Tony Melville, Devon and Cornwall’s Deputy Chief Constable, said last night that Mr Reilly had been «preyed upon, radicalised and taken advantage of». Mr Reilly’s neighbours said that he had been brainwashed.
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Bomb disposal units found a second device outside the restaurant. Both are believed to have contained canisters of a sodium-based explosive.

Mr Reilly’s neighbours described him as «naive and easily lead».

Daniel Turner, 20, said: «He is mentally ill and he probably has the mental age of a ten-year-old.

«He changed his name to Mohammed Rasheed about a year ago at a registry office. He was brainwashed into becoming a Muslim by local men. He can’t think for himself.

«Nicky is schizophrenic. We call him the BFG, but he obviously met up with the wrong people.»

Mr Melville said that Mr Reilly’s injuries were not life-threatening. «Investigation into Reilly shows he has a history of mental illness and had adopted the Islamic faith.

«We believe that despite his weak and vulnerable state he had been preyed upon and radicalised and taken advantage of.»

Hendelsen gjør inntrykk. Hvem vil utnytte en mentalt tilbakestående til å utføre terrorangrep? Det minner om Irak, der Al Qaida har benyttet mentalt handikappede i selvmordsangrep.

Man må anta at hendelsen bidrar til frykt og skaper avstand mellom briter og muslimer.

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