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‘Islamic State supporter’ charged with sharing Prince George’s school address to aid terrorist attack

Authorities have accused Husnain Rashid of using the encrypted platform Telegram

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 December, 2017, 8:25am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 December, 2017, 8:51pm

A 31-year-old man has been charged in England with sharing a photo of Prince George and the address and other details about his preschool in a social media post prosecutors allege was meant to help others plan terror attacks.

Authorities have accused Husnain Rashid of putting the information about the four-year-old son of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton on the encrypted platform Telegram.

Britain’s Sun newspaper reported that Rashid allegedly posted the silhouette of an Islamic State fighter beside George, as well as a message suggesting the royal family would not be left alone.

Prosecutors also allege he planned to go to Syria to join IS.

Rashid, from Nelson in northwest England, was charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism and one count of assisting others to prepare acts of terrorism.

The arrest came as a 20-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday charged with plotting to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack.

Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman was accused of planning an explosion outside May’s Downing Street office then trying to enter the building with a suicide vest and a knife in a bid to kill her.

State prosecutor Mark Carroll said Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the Downing Street gates, then, in the ensuing chaos, try to enter the building “with a view to trying to kill the prime minister”.

He planned to use a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife, Carroll told Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

Rahman had carried out hostile reconnaissance of the area as part of his preparation, it is alleged.

Rahman was charged with preparing terrorist acts and also with assisting another man, Mohammad Aqib Imran, to prepare separate terror acts.

He appeared in court alongside Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to join the Islamic State jihadist terror group by trying to obtain a fake passport with a view to travelling to Libya.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse