A Neo-Nazi tried to start a race way by detonating three nail bombs which tragically killed three people.
On April 17, 1999, David Copeland, 45, placed a bomb containing four-inch nails inside a sports bag and left it in Brixton, south London, an area which was known for having a large black community.
The bomb was left in the heart of Brixton Market on Electric Avenue, with the aim of causing as many casualties as possible.
However, market workers noticed the suspicious package and Copeland acting strangely and decided to move the bag to a less crowded area.
The police were later called and the bomb detonated at around 5:30pm, just as the cops arrived on the scene.
The explosion injured 48 people, including a one-year-old baby, with extreme right-wing group Combat 18 claiming responsibility.
A week later, on April 24, the then-22-year-old detonated a bomb on Brick Lane in east London, an area known for having a large Bangladeshi community.
Copeland had aimed to let the bomb off when the street would be most busy but hadn’t realised that the market would take place on Sunday, instead of Saturday.
Despite that, he left the device inside a sports bag on Hanbury Street and continued with his original plan.
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A man noticed the bag and put it in the boot of his car and drove it to a local police station.
The bomb exploded while in the car, injuring 13 innocent bystanders.
Finally, six days later on April 30, a third bomb went off, this time in Soho, in the heart of London’s gay community.
The streets were busy as it was the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and people at the pub had noticed the package, hidden in another sports bag.
The pub manager wasn’t able to investigate in time before it was detonated.
Three people were killed and 79 were injured, with four of the survivors having to have limbs amputated.
The follow day on May 1 Copeland was arrested at his home and admitted he was behind the attacks.
He was a Neo-Nazi and member of far right political groups, who is reported to have wanted to start a race war and aimed the attacks at London’s Black, Bengali and LGBT communities.
He said: “My main intent was to spread fear, resentment and hatred throughout this country. My aim was political. It was to cause a racial war in this country.
“There’d be a backlash from the ethnic minorities, then all the white people will go out and vote BNP.”
Copeland was convicted of murder in 2000 and given six life sentences with a minimum sentence of 30 years, with his sentenced increasing to a minimum of 50 years in 2007 due to new legislation.
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