LONDON (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man appeared in a court on Wednesday accused of conspiring to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May by detonating an explosive to enter his Downing Street office.
Naa & Imam Rahman, from North London, has been accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism. He was remanded in custody after a brief appearance in the Magistrates Court of Westminster.
Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court that Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the doors 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 bulletproof vest, a 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.
"Their purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions," Carroll said.
Rahman appeared with a co-defendant, Mohammed Imran, 21, of Birmingham, who is also accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Carroll said Imran was accused of trying to join the militant Islamic State group in Libya.
Rahman and Imran did not give any indication as to their plea of guilty so they pleaded not guilty on their behalf. There was no bail request. The men will appear in London's Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on December 20.
No. 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the British prime ministers. It is heavily guarded and there is a door at the end of the street that prevents members of the public from approaching the house.
In 1991, Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants launched an attack with a mortar bomb on the No. 10. John Major, the prime minister at the time, was inside, but not injured.
A Downing Street spokesman rejected the immediate comment on the case.
Report by Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge, written by Estelle Shirbon; Stephen Addison edition