Man arrested near UK Parliament in court on terror charges

2017-05-10 16:51
Firearms officers from the British police detain a man, later named as Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, on Whitehall near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 27, 2017 before being taken away by police. (AFP)

Firearms officers from the British police detain a man, later named as Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, on Whitehall near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 27, 2017 before being taken away by police. (AFP)

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London - Prosecutors say a British man arrested with several knives near Parliament in April is also accused of being an al-Qaeda bomb-maker in Afghanistan.

Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali appeared in court on Wednesday to face one charge of preparing terrorist acts and two of making or having explosives.

The 27-year-old Londoner was arrested at gunpoint in the street near Parliament on April 27 as part of what police called an ongoing counterterrorism operation. They said he had been under surveillance.

Prosecutors said Ali's fingerprints were allegedly found on parts for improvised explosive devices recovered by the US in Afghanistan in 2012.

Ali refused to enter pleas during the hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf and he was ordered detained until his next court appearance on May 19.


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