Brit Cafe Bomber 'Preyed On by Extremists'

Radicals took advantage of mentally ill Islamic convert: cops
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 3:47 AM CDT
Police in Exeter turn back passers-by in the aftermath of an explosion in a restaurant.   ((c) kr15tan)
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(Newser) – British police believe a mentally ill man who tried to blow himself up in a restaurant yesterday was taken advantage of by Islamic extremists, the Guardian reports. The recent convert to Islam walked into a busy restaurant in the West Country city of Exeter and exploded a device. The only person hurt was the bomber, who suffered serious facial injuries. The bomb and another found nearby had the capacity to cause serious harm.

"We believe, despite his weak and vulnerable state, he was preyed upon, radicalized and taken advantage of," said a chief constable.