City imam condemns restaurant blast

    A Muslim leader told county councillors he condemned a city centre explosion suspected to have been carried out by a convert to Islam. The Imam of Exeter Mosque Mohammed Abrar said the Islamic Centre of the South West “utterly condemns” the “act of terror” in the city’s Giraffe restaurant last Thursday. Nick Reilly, 22, from Plymouth, who was arrested at the scene under the Terrorism Act, suffered facial and eye injuries when one of three devices partially exploded. He was released from hospital in Exeter on Monday and can now be formally interviewed by police. Reilly, 22, had eye and face injuries after a device packed with nails blew up in a cafe in Exeter last Thursday. In a joint statement to Devon County Council’s Executive the Imam and authority leader Brian Greenslade said the Exeter Muslim community and the council were “united in their shock and condemnation” of last week’s attempted bombing. It read: “Such an act of terrorism is designed to create division, is indiscriminate in who it affects, and is a crime.

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