Man held in terror plot to kill British prime minister

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2017

Both men were arrested November 28 in Birmingham by counter-terror officers.

Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court Rahman planned to detonate an explosive device at the gates of Downing Street and gain access to May's office in the ensuing chaos and kill her, Reuters reported.

MI5 head Andrew Parker briefed Cabinet ministers with details of the alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police would only say that Rahman, 20, and Imran, 21, were due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with planning terror attacks. When asked about his nationality in court, Imran said he was Bangladeshi British. Imran is accused of trying to get a false passport in an effort to go to Libya to join a group linked to the Islamic State. Imran said he was "Pakistani British".

Both men, who indicated that they would plead not guilty, were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on December 20.

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The smashed plot highlights the extreme threat still faced by the United Kingdom in a year blighted by terrorist atrocities which claimed 36 lives.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister's spokesman said: "The Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat".

"These investigations cover the full range of terrorist activity, from attack planning to activity that supports or facilitates terrorism - but a significant proportion involve potential attack-planning threats".

In 1991, Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants launched a mortar bomb attack on No. 10. The then prime minister, John Major, was inside but was not hurt.

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