Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Britain thwarts plot to kill PM May

Britain thwarts plot to kill PM May

Rahman is charged with preparing terrorist acts and also with assisting another man, Mohammad Aqib Imran, to prepare separate terror acts.

Details of the plan were reportedly given to the Cabinet on Tuesday 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 United Kingdom over the past year.

The report by lawyer David Anderson that was requested by the government, said Britain's domestic security agency MI5 had intelligence about the bomber, Salman Abedi, and was due to discuss it at a meeting scheduled nine days after the attack occurred.

Imran is accused of allegedly planning to travel overseas for the preparation of acts of terror. When asked about his nationality in court, Imran said he was Bangladeshi British.

Police believe that their plan was to detonate some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and attack and kill the prime minister in ensuing chaos, said Sky News. The recording would have given Imran greater credibility with the terrorist organization, the document said.

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The men were arrested last week following a joint operation by MI5, the UK's counter-terrorism security service, and police.

Both suspects have been remanded in custody without bail and will next appear in court on December 20.

The PM's official spokesman declined to discuss the details of the attacks, but several newspapers later reported that the two men arrested in London and Birmingham last week had been behind the plot.

"It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street". The then prime minister, John Major, was inside but was not hurt.

Butt appeared on the security radar a number of times and was on bail for fraud on June 3 when he, Youssef Zaghba and Rachid Redouane killed eight people in a knife and van attack.

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