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UK foils terror plot to blow up Downing Street gates, kill PM


London, Dec 6 (PTI): An Islamist terror plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May by detonating an explosive device to storm into her Downing Street office has been foiled by the country's security services, media reports said today.

Two men, 20-year-old Naa'imur Zakariya Rahman and 21- year-old Mohammed Aqib Imran, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today charged with terror offences following their arrest by counter-terrorism officers on November 28.

They have been remanded in custody to appear before the Old Bailey court in the city on December 20.

At a brief hearing, the court was told that Rahman had "planned to detonate" a bomb at Downing Street gates and in the ensuing chaos try to kill May with a knife.

He is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and is also charged with assisting another man to prepare separate acts of terrorism.

Imran is accused of allegedly planning to travel overseas for the preparation of acts of terror.

The latest plot emerges as a new report released this week found that the UK's security services could possibly have prevented a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena in May.

Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Barrister David Anderson, who was asked to conduct an independent investigation, said Abedi had been on MI5's radar but that his "true significance was not appreciated at the time".

After reviewing the security services' actions in relation to four terrorist attacks in the UK this year, he concluded, "It is conceivable that the Manchester attack, in particular, might have been averted had the cards fallen differently."

His report also noted that the Pakistani-origin ringleader, Khuram Butt, of the terrorist attack on London Bridge in June had been on the security services' radar for two years.

The 27-year-old had been watched by MI5.

Butt was involved in "high-risk extremist activity", according to intelligence initially received by MI5 but the assessment was downgraded and he was believed to have turned his attention to travelling overseas instead.

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.

Comment on this article

  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    These Islamic terror groups seem to have gone nuts, why are they killing the hen that is laying "Golden Eggs". These leaders are bringing in immigrants in masses from around the world and settling them in Europe. So why do they want to kill such useful idiots like Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Macron, Justin Trudeau etc. After all, aren't these people are working overtime to Islamize Europe, and if you kill them you may certainly not want to have another Donald Trump who will give them a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye as this would be your worst night mare.

    The Brits went all over the world and plundered the wealth in many lands and built their country "Great Britain". Perhaps, the only country in the world to have an adjective to describe the country.

    So just be patient for a few more years and you will have all want you want when Europe will become Eurabia. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo one would have to take a bow at such great leaders so please do not kill them, these people are on your side.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    These Islamic terror groups seem to have gone nuts, why are they killing the hen that is laying "Golden Eggs". These leaders are bringing in immigrants in masses from around the world and settling them in Europe. So why do they want to kill Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Macron, Justin Trudeau etc. After all, aren't these people are working overtime to Islamize Europe, and if you kill them you may certainly not want to have another Donald Trump who will give them a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye as this would be your worst night mare.

    The Brits went all over the world and plundered the wealth in many lands and built their country "Great Britain". Perhaps, the only country in the world to have an adjective to describe the country.

    So just be patient for a few more years and you will have all want you want when Europe will become Eurabia. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo one would have to take a bow at such great leaders so please do not kill them, these people are on your side.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Reap what you sow. They had all prior knowledge about possible terror threat before giving reckless Visa's and Asylums.
    Now they are trapped. Always there is uncertainty. Time and again Trump is proved right. These terrorists are proving Trump is right!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    I am glad our Lalit Modi & Vijay Mallya are safe ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    hope you are also safe from typhoon😆

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  • Richard, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Donald Trump is the best person to deal with this. Europe needs more like him.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Pakistan is a terrorist factory...
    India should stop giving visa on humanitarian grounds..

    DisAgree [4] Agree [25] Reply Report Abuse

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