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An al-Qaeda bomb-maker was carrying three knives when he was arrested just yards from the gates of Downing Street claiming he had a 'message' for Britain's political leaders, a court has heard.
Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, 28, was planning to stab police officers and politicians when was intercepted by armed officers just yards from Downing Street on 27 April last year, jurors were told.
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A court today heard he allegedly left his family to make bombs for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2011.
After five years, he returned to his home country to deliver a deadly 'message' to the government, jurors were told.
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When he was arrested by British armed police near Parliament on April 27 last year, he was carrying three knives, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told jurors Ali's potential targets included MPs, police and the military.
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He said: 'On Thursday April 27 last year this defendant, Khalid Ali, was arrested by armed police officers in Whitehall in Westminster.
'When he was searched he was found to be in the possession of three knives of varying lengths which he had only bought that same day.
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'Two knives were found in right and left pockets of his jacket. The longest was removed from the waistband of the tracksuit trousers he was wearing.
'The defendant went there armed with three knives for one reason only - to launch a deadly terror attack to strike at the very heart of this country's democracy by killing a police officer, a member of the military or even a Parliamentarian.
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'Chillingly, but for the interception of the defendant by police, he would have carried out yet another murderous terror attack in Westminster.'
Mr Altman said security cameras had tracked Ali's route from West Ealing to Ealing Broadway and on to Victoria on the District Line Tube to the...
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