Man remanded in custody over alleged plot to assassinate Theresa May

A man has appeared in court accused of a plot to kill Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack.

Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, was remanded in custody after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with preparing acts of terrorism.

The 20-year-old, of Ballards Lane, in Finchley, north London, is alleged to have planned to bomb the security gates outside Downing Street before attacking Number 10 with a knife and suicide vest in a bid to kill the Prime Minister.

Rahman at Westminster Magistrates Court alongside Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to join Islamic State.

They were arrested in raids by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in London and Birmingham on November 28.

<em>Court – Two men are due in court charged with planning terror attacks (Picture: PA)</em>
Court – Two men are due in court charged with planning terror attacks (Picture: PA)

Details of the plan were reportedly revealed to the Cabinet on Tuesday in a briefing by head of MI5 Andrew Parker.

Mr Parker revealed that a total of nine Islamist terrorist plots have been thwarted in the UK over the past year.

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Rahman is also charged with assisting Imran in terror planning. Imran, of Ombersley Road in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism.

Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded both men in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.

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