Plot to Kill U.K. Prime Minister Foiled, Court Hears

Mark Carroll, a prosecutor, told the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday that Mr. Rahman decided to set off explosives at the gates of 10 Downing Road. In the ensuing chaos, he hoped to get access to Mrs. May’s office and stage a “secondary strike” employing “a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife.” His goal was to “strike, kill and cause explosions.”

The accused did not indicate how they would plead when the case went before a higher court at the Classic Bailey, London’s central criminal court, on Dec. 20.


In Parliament on Tuesday, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said 22 Islamist plots have been prevented in the past four years, 9 of these since March, when an assailant in a sport utility motor vehicle mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament. Five people died for the reason that attack, like the assailant, a 52-year-old Briton, Khalid Masood.

In May, Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, blew himself up beyond your concert hall in Manchester, killing himself and 22 other people.

In June, three men – Khuram Shazad Butt, a British citizen born in Pakistan; Rachid Redouane, a failed asylum seeker who said he was Moroccan or Libyan; and Youssef Zaghba, an Italian of Moroccan ancestry – drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and used knives to strike people around the near by Borough Market. Eleven people died, like the three assailants, who were shot by the police.

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Later that month, a British gentleman, Darren Osborne, drove a van into a audience of worshipers outside Finsbury Park mosque found in London. One gentleman died rapidly afterward, and Mr. Osborne has been billed with murder.

On Tuesday, the official survey into attacks in-may and June said counterterrorism officers had misinterpreted two items of intelligence handed to them prior to the killings in Manchester. Mr. Abedi had not been being actively investigated during the attack, however the items of intelligence could have resulted in an inquiry got their “true significance been correctly understood.”

Counterintelligence officers “got a great deal right,” the survey said. “Particularly regarding Manchester, they could have succeeded got the cards fallen differently.”

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The report was compiled by David Anderson, a senior lawyer commissioned by Ms. May to examine counterterrorism initiatives.

Separately, Scotland Yard said over Tuesday, “The U.K. is facing an powerful risk from terrorism, one which is usually multidimensional, evolving quickly and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before.”

Counterterrorism specialists have said one source of concern is that Islamic Condition combatants may be time for Britain after military defeats found in Iraq and Syria. Ms. Rudd said on Tuesday that Britain’s security providers were embroiled in a lot more than 500 investigations involving a lot more than 3,000 people.

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