Foiled assassins of United Kingdom prime minister charged with terrorism

  • Foiled assassins of United Kingdom prime minister charged with terrorism

Foiled assassins of United Kingdom prime minister charged with terrorism

It is reported that the attack was prepared by the Islamists they planned to blow up disguised as a satchel bomb at the residence of the Prime Minister, and then to organize an attack with knives.

Rahman, from Finchley in north London, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism and assisting Imran in terror planning.

MI5 head Andrew Parker briefed Cabinet ministers with details of the alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister on Tuesday. He said that his service had prevented nine terrorist attacks this year.

Also accused is 21-year-old Mohammed Aqib Imran, who was arrested in Birmingham. He said he was of no fixed abode and said his nationality was "Bangladeshi British".

Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister. The recording would have given Imran greater credibility with the terrorist organization, the document said. An official report into the attack released on Tuesday found opportunities to thwart it had been missed. Thirty-six people have died in four terror attacks in Britain this year.

"On two separate occasions in the months prior to the attack, intelligence was received by MI5 whose significance was not fully appreciated at the time", the report said.

The pair, who were arrested in armed police raids in London and Birmingham last week, will appear at the Old Bailey on 20 December.

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

The police said there were now 500 counter-terrorism investigations involving 3,000 people and more than 20,000 other people have been investigated in the past.