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Two men in court over plot to kill UK prime minister

Two men in court over plot to kill UK prime minister
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By Tokunbo Salako with Reuters
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Two men are facing terrorism charges over an alleged plan to attack Downing Street and kill British Prime Minister Theresa May

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A man has appeared in court over an alleged plot to murder the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, 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.

He was arrested by armed police last week. Prosecutors claim he wanted to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street, gain access to her office and then kill her.

Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of south-east Birmingham, who was also arrested last week is expected to appear in court later on similar charges.

It comes a day after a government security review found that the Manchester Arena bombing in May could have been prevented if intelligence received in the months before was acted upon.

Andrew Parker, the head of Britain's security service MI5 also revealed that nine alleged Islamist terror plots have been foiled since March.

In October he warned that Britain is facing the most acute threat ever from Islamist militants seeking to inflict mass attacks, often with spontaneous plots that take just days to bring to execution.

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