The 20-year-old Daesh* sympathizer is on trial for reportedly preparing to bomb the UK prime minister’s official residence and plotting to behead Theresa May herself.
The plot was exposed by an undercover MI5 agent, who posed as a fake high-ranking Daesh official in Syria, as the two reportedly met in a London shopping center. Rahman allegedly told the “senior official” that he planned to use a suicide belt, an improvised explosive device, a drone and poison in his attack on number 10.
The alleged video footage of another meeting with the informant was shown to jurors, with Rahman diving into the details of his plan, such as getting past the gates of Prime Minister Theresa May’s residence, making a “10-second sprint” for the front door and “taking her head off” before security forces could stop him.
“The evidence shows in detail his developing fervor as he first assembled his plan, carried out reconnaissance and perfected his ideas and then acquired the means to execute it. At the last he took back his own coat and his own rucksack both modified with improvised explosive devices, so that he could achieve his settled aim of a full frontal assault on the gates and then the door of Number 10,” prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said.
Rahman reportedly recorded a video of himself pledging allegiance to Daesh, and was allegedly just days away from launching into “lethal violence with blade and explosion” before his arrest in November, the Central Criminal Court heard.
The court heard Heywood read Rahman’s message, as he asked the MI5 agent, “Can you put me in a sleeper cell ASAP?”
He then purportedly added, “I want to do a suicide bomb on parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May. My objective is to take out my target. Nothing less than the death of the leaders of parliament.”
“His settled conclusion was that lethal violence here, directed at the very heart of the United Kingdom’s government, was the only effective way to pursue his intentions. Before his arrest prevented it, he was, he believed, just days away from his objective, which was no less than a suicide attack, by blade and explosion, on Downing Street and, if he could, upon the Prime Minister Theresa May herself,” prosecutor Heywood stated.
Rahman has denied the two counts of preparing terrorist attacks; the trial is still underway.
*Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS/IS, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and in many other countries.