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Man accused of UK terror plot charged with planning Germany attack

Sky News logo Sky News 20/02/2019

a sign in front of a window: Fatah Mohammed Abdullah appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court via video-link © Getty Fatah Mohammed Abdullah appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court via video-link A man accused of plotting a terrorist bomb attack in the UK has appeared in court charged with inciting an atrocity in Germany.

Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, 33, was arrested in December last year after he allegedly bought "explosive pre-cursors" online.

Last week, he was charged with inciting two people to commit a terror attack in Germany following a joint investigation between UK and German police.

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Abdullah is said to have provided assistance and encouragement to the pair in messages using the encrypted Telegram app.

The charge states that he incited another person to drive a car into crowds, attack people with a meat cleaver, and set off bombs outside the UK between 9 April and 11 December last year.

Abdullah appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court via video-link from Belmarsh prison on Wednesday, speaking only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and that he is a British Iranian.

Abdullah will next appear at the Old Bailey on 1 March.

He is also charged with preparing an act of terrorism between April 9 and December 11 last year.

The charge states that he bought a knife and a balaclava as well as "explosive pre-cursors", and compiled instructions on how to make gunpowder.

Abdullah also searched online for guides on how to make explosives and for the remaining components to make an improvised explosive device (IED), such as a pressure cooker and nails, it is claimed.

Abdullah, from Newcastle upon Tyne, is yet to enter pleas and was remanded in custody.

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