Man gets life in jail for plot to assassinate Theresa May

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman

An ISIS fanatic who plotted to blow up the gates of Downing Street and assassinate Theresa May has been jailed for a minimum term of 30 years.

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, meant to carry out a "full frontal assault" on the gates and the door of No 10 and expected to die in the attack.

Rahman is "an extremely unsafe and determined individual", Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said in a statement.

Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Dean Haydon said: "Rahman is an extremely risky and determined individual".

They, in turn, steered Rahman to undercover counterterrorism police officers who arrested him in November 2017 when he arrived to collect what he thought was a homemade bomb, but what was "in fact a harmless replica".

"His intention was then to go on through the gates of Number 10, detonate potentially another device there which would get him into Number 10, then, having a knife or gun, attack the PM".

During his Old Bailey trial, he admitted to helping a friend to join ISIS in Libya by recording an ISiS sponsorship video.

"[God willing] will be very big if I'm successful".

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He later described using a suicide belt, a drone, an IED and poison, referred to as "P" or "curry mix". I can't mess up.

Rahman came to the attention of police in July a year ago and an examination of his mobile phone raised concerns he was harbouring extremist views.

Rahman's lawyer argued he had been brainwashed by his uncle - who was later killed in a drone strike while fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria - and said his client had not meant to go through with the plot. I can't get [martyrdom] if I get caught", he reportedly told the cop.

"Now I've seen everything", he said, according to police.

"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".

Rahman's plans were foiled as a result of a joint undercover operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the USA and MI5 and Scotland Yard in the UK.

Rahman had been planning to carry out the attack for two years but his resolve was hardened when he heard that his uncle had been killed in a drone attack.

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