Prisoners in Ranby jail make bomb to blow up Muslims

Ranby_PrisonA bomb made by jail inmates to blow up Muslim prisoners came within moments of exploding outside a prayer meeting.

The device, made with fireworks and detonators smuggled in with a fishing rod, was put in a room where worshippers wash their hands and feet for Friday prayers.

But a prison officer spotted it, picked it up and carried it into the middle of the playing field. A bomb disposal unit called to Ranby Prison in Retford, Notts, confirmed the bomb was a viable device primed to go off.

The whole prison was put into lock-down as police were called in and an inmate was arrested after explosives dogs searched the cells.

A prison source said: “This could have caused a bloodbath. It was only because of a vigilant officer that the bomb was carried away. When the bomb squad got to the jail they went mad as it could have gone off at any time.”

Sunday Mirror, 10 May 2009