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AFP
December 7, 2017

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Bangladeshi, Pakistani British charged with plot to kill British PM

Bangladeshi, Pakistani British charged with plot to kill British PM

LONDON: A 20-year-old man appeared in court charged with plotting to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, a Bangladeshi British, was accused of planning an explosion outside May’s Downing Street office then trying to enter the building with a suicide vest and a knife in a bid to kill her. Rahman is charged with preparing terrorist acts and also with assisting another man, Mohammad Aqib Imran, 21, to prepare separate terror acts and was accused of trying to join the Islamic State group by trying to obtain a fake passport with a view to travelling to Libya. Imran said he was “Pakistani British”. The men were arrested separately on November 28. State prosecutor Mark Carroll said Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the Downing Street gates, then, in the ensuing chaos, try to enter the building “with a view to trying to kill the prime minister”. He planned to use a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife, Carroll told Westminster Magistrates Court in London. Rahman had carried out hostile reconnaissance of the area as part of his preparation, it is alleged.

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