A man has appeared in court accused of plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister in a bomb and knife attack on Downing Street.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, is alleged to have planned to bomb the security gates outside the Westminster residence before attacking Number 10 with a knife and suicide vest in a bid to kill Theresa May.
Mr Rahman has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism and appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today 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.
The pair was remanded in custody as a separate man appeared in court accused of helping would-be terrorists prepare attacks, including by sharing a photo of Prince George and his school address on social media.
Husnain Rashid, 31, allegedly made the post about the four-year-old prince on messaging app Telegram. He also made other posts, which allegedly could help others identify UK targets such as stadiums.
Prosecutors at Westminster Magistrates’ Court alleged that Mr Rashid planned to travel to Syria to join Islamic State as the militant group fights to retain a foothold in the country.
Mr Rashid, who appeared in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit and glasses and spoke only to confirm his name and address, is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism and one count of assisting others to prepare acts of terrorism.
The British national, of Leonard Street, Nelson, was arrested on November 22 by officers from Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing.
Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded Mr Rashid in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.
Details of the plot against Mrs May were reportedly given to the Cabinet yesterday by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker in a briefing in which he revealed that a total of nine Islamist terrorist plots have been thwarted in the UK over the past year.
Mr Rahman, of Ballards Lane, in Finchley, north London, is also charged with assisting Mr Imran in terror planning.
Mr Imran, of Ombersley Road in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
Mr Rahman, who gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, appeared in court wearing a grey tracksuit with long hair and was represented by Ali Bajwa QC.
Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded the pair in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.
Mr Parker’s Cabinet briefing came on the same day that a review of a string of UK terror attacks earlier this year revealed the Manchester Arena bomber was known to MI5 and his attack, in which 22 people died, could have been stopped “had the cards fallen differently”.