Man held near UK parliament charged with terror offences

Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, a 27-year-old from north London, is accused of preparing terrorist acts after being arrested not far from Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office on April 27.

By: AFP | London | Published:May 10, 2017 12:26 pm

A man arrested near the British parliament last month has been charged with terrorism offences, as well as two historic charges relating to explosives in Afghanistan, police said today.

Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, a 27-year-old from north London, is accused of preparing terrorist acts after being arrested not far from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office on April 27.

In two further charges, dating to January and July 2012, he is accused of having explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, or to enable any other person to do so.

“Counts two and three relate to activity in Afghanistan in 2012,” the statement from London’s Metropolitan Police said, without giving further details.

He is due to appear in court tomorrow.

His arrest came the month after five people were killed in an attack on parliament. Khalid Masood, who was British, drove his car along a pavement before stabbing a policeman to death, before being shot dead by armed officers.

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