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Briton admits failed restaurant bombing

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  • British man admits trying to kill dozens in suicide bomb on family restaurant
  • Mohammad Saeed-Alim pleads guilty to attempted murder, terrorism offense
  • Bomb went off prematurely in restaurant toilet as Saeed-Alim preparing bombs
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British man has pleaded guilty to attempting to kill dozens of people in a suicide nail bomb attack on a busy family restaurant.

Mohammad Saeed-Alim, a recent convert to Islam who used to be known as Nicky Reilly, pleaded guilty in a London courtroom Wednesday to attempted murder and engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

He will be sentenced at a later date. The defense said it would prepare psychological and psychiatric reports on their client for the judge to consider at sentencing.

Saeed-Alim was arrested in May after a bomb went off in the bathroom of the Giraffe restaurant in a shopping center in Exeter, in southwest England. Saeed-Alim is from Plymouth, about an hour's drive away.

The court heard Wednesday that the bomb went off prematurely as Saeed-Alim was preparing several bombs he planned to carry into the restaurant.

The judge said Wednesday that investigators are still searching for two people Saeed-Alim was in touch with on the Internet about carrying out the attack.

CNN's Andrew Carey contributed to this report.

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