A SUSPECT accused of plotting to assassinate the prime minister in a bomb and knife attack on Downing Street appeared in court yesterday.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman is alleged to have planned to bomb the security gates outside Theresa May’s Westminster home before attacking No.10 with a knife and suicide vest in an attempt to kill her.
The 20-year-old has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism and appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court, alongside Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to join Daesh.
Both suspects were arrested in raids by the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism command in London and Birmingham on November 28.
Details of the plan were reportedly given to the cabinet on Tuesday by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker.
In a briefing, he revealed that nine Islamist terrorist plots have been thwarted by security services in the UK during the past year.
Rahman, of Finchley, north London, is also charged with assisting Imran in terror planning. Imran, from the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, is also charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
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.