LONDON: An Islamic State fanatic plotted to kill Theresa May in a suicide attack, “by blade and explosion”, on Downing Street, a court has been told. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from London, has gone on trial accused of two terror charges, which he denies.
The court heard his plan to inflict “lethal violence” was uncovered by an MI5 agent, who posed as an IS official and chatted to him on a messaging app. The court heard he said in one chat the Manchester Arena bomber “did well”.
According to BBC, the trial at London’s Old Bailey was also told that Mr Rahman believed he was “just days away” from the attack before he was arrested in November last year. Mr Rahman, of Finchley, north London, is charged with preparing terrorist acts by conducting reconnaissance, recording a pledge of allegiance, and delivering a rucksack and jacket to be fitted with explosives. He is also charged with helping a second defendant, Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, to join IS in Syria by recording a sponsorship video.
Mr Rahman denies both counts. Mr Imran, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, has pleaded not guilty to preparing terrorist acts and possessing a document on his Kindle entitled HowTo Survive In The West – A Mujahid’s Guide 2015. On the opening day of his trial, the jury was told how Mr Rahman was originally snared in September last year, during a Telegram chat with an MI5 operative, who was pretending to be a man called Amir in Syria.
Mr Rahman allegedly asked “Amir”: “Can you put me in a sleeper cell ASAP?” The court heard how Mr Rahman told the agent that he was being investigated because of his uncle. Mr Rahman’s uncle joined IS in Syria and encouraged his nephew to attack Britain before being killed in a drone strike in Syria, the prosecutors said. Jurors were told that Mr Rahman, when asked for more information in the Telegram chat, told the agent: “I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.”