Man appears in court accused of trying to kill British PM May

Motorcycle police officers wait to enter 10 Downing Street, London
Motorcycle police officers wait to enter 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

December 6, 2017

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday accused of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office.

Naa’imur Rahman, of north London, has been charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. He was remanded in custody after a brief appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the gates of Downing Street and gain access to May’s office in the ensuing chaos and kill her.

“The secondary attack was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife,” he told the court.

Rahman was carrying two inert explosive devices when he was arrested last week, the court heard.

“His purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions,” Carroll said.

Rahman appeared with a co-defendant, 21-year-old Mohammed Imran, from Birmingham, who is also charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Carroll said Imran was accused of trying to join the Islamic State militant group in Libya.

Rahman and Imran gave no indication as to their plea so a not guilty plea was entered on their behalf. There was no application for bail. The men will appear at London’s Old Bailey central criminal court on Dec. 20.

No. 10 Downing Street is the official residence of British prime ministers. It is heavily guarded and there is a gate at the end of the street preventing members of the public from getting close to the house.

In 1991, Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants launched a mortar bomb attack on No. 10. John Major, the prime minister at the time, was inside but not hurt.

A Downing Street spokesman declined immediate comment on the case.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)

  • Pedro Muhammad

    Where’s the outspoken mayor of London on this?

    Has anyone ever met 1 liberal with real courage ? Paper courage or Internet commandos
    Mean nothing..

  • Joe

    She just refered to the Britian First group as bad the terrorist. The muslims thank her by trying to kill her. I wonder if she will join them now?

  • Taipei101

    Have to love the comment policy… what is racism? Something honest about a group of people trying to kill other groups of people. Islam is not a race… it’s an ideology… a horrible one.

  • Taipei101

    Good thing I’m an American… or they could arrest me. British are not allowed to speak truth about our lovely religion of peace… aka cult of death.

  • Taipei101

    I wonder if knowing she is now personally targeted by Jihadist will make her surrender Britain faster… or finally fight back.

  • Taipei101

    Attempted islamic terrorist attacks on 10 Downing Street are ‘Part and Parcel of living in a big city’… right!

  • Fergus

    UK listen up! IT’S TO LATE! You opened the door decades ago to the hordes of Muslim criminals that quickly overtook your country. They will soon completely over take your country by over running what was once a great nation. UK citizens you were and still ARE to timid to stand up for your rights and let political correctness over take your country and now you have totally lost it
    Brexit can not get rid of the rats that are already in the UK who are breeding more and MORE Muslim’s by the hour. Getting rid of RATS requires rat poison, which the UK is to timid to use. The UK allowed an infestation to begin and now may well end up becoming puppets to Islam because of that infestation.
    The plague of Muslim migrants who contribute little or nothing, cost much, and refuse to change their ways and become part of the country’s society and culture are now over running you all.

    UK Politicians don’t like having the ugly truth pointed out to them because it shows them up to be the liars and cheats they actually are. Hate crime laws such as the UK uses against it’s own citizens are a political weapon and should be removed from the books There are already laws to deal with crimes. Hate crime laws are used to suppress freedom of speech and enable totalitarian ideologies like Islam that cannot be openly criticized in the UK.

  • Arminius-Hermann

    Theresa May cat got your tongue? What were the comments you made against President Donald J. Trump about the tweets he sent stating the truth of the so called religion of peace out of the Middle East?

    You and your worthless mayor of Londonistan sure do have egg on your face.

    Britain First and Tommy Robinson are ones who are telling the truth on what is happening in the UK.

    You best wake up now instead of later. Too many citizens of the British Isles have been robbed, murdered, raped, groomed and attacked by those you brought to the UK when you were the Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016.

    Have you forgotten it was under your watch Neville Junior you are not Thatcher or Churchill you are one and the same as Neville Chamberlain.