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Downing Street bomb plotter found guilty

Rahmann told undercover police he wanted to kill PM and then bought 'bomb' from them

20 July, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Naa’imur Rahman

A PLOT to blow up Downing Street and assassinate the prime minister has been foiled, according to the Met Police.

Naa’imur Rahman, 20, had planned to set off a bomb in Whitehall and then kill Theresa May, they said. He revealed his plan to a network of police “role-players” online, who then put him in touch with undercover officers from the Met’s counter terrorism command. Rahman collected from them what he believed to be a homemade bomb but was in fact a harmless replica device.

Following a four-week trial at the Old Bailey, he was found guilty of “engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts”.

The Met’s assistant commissioner, Dean Haydon, said: “Rahman’s target was the prime minister but he had no qualms about killing innocent bystanders in the process of reaching her. In fact, at one point he told a covert counter terrorism officer that even if he could not reach the prime minister, he just wanted to strike fear into people.”

The Met claim that since September 2017 Rahman, from Finchley, had “gradually revealed” his ambition to carry out a terrorist attack.

He asked undercover officers for help in creating a suicide jacket and bomb in a bag.

Rahman collected the items in a car in north London, but on return from the car he was dramatically arrested in the street.

Rahman also pleaded guilty during his trial to engaging in conduct in assisting the preparation of terrorist acts. His brother Imran, 22, was also charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts but the jury was split and a retrial will take place.

Rahman is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on August 31.

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