Page last updated at 13:28 GMT, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 14:28 UK

'PM threat' - fourth man remanded

Police outside a house
Police searched three addresses in Blackburn and Accrington

A fourth man charged under the Terrorism Act in connection with an alleged threat to assassinate the prime minister has been remanded in custody.

Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad is accused of having material such as camouflage clothes and plans for "urban combat".

Mr Ahmad, 24, from Blackburn, Lancashire, appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He spoke only to confirm his name and that he would plead not guilty. He will reappear in court on 11 September.

'Attack planning'

The father of one, who works in a branch of Boots chemist, was refused bail.

He is charged with possessing an article suspected of being useful for the preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Mr Ahmad is the fourth man to be charged by police investigating the alleged threat against Mr Brown and former prime minister Tony Blair, which it is claimed appeared on a jihadi website.

He was arrested on 26 August as part of a counter-terrorism operation involving Lancashire and Greater Manchester Police.

Police raided three properties during the operation in Blackburn and Accrington.

Fifth man quizzed

Brothers Abbas Iqbal, 23, and Ilyas Iqbal, 21, and Ishaq Kanmi, 22, were previously remanded in custody by the same court.

Abbas Iqbal is charged with owning terrorist material and disseminating terrorist publications.

Ilyas Iqbal is charged with owning terrorist material and collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Mr Kanmi is accused of owning terrorist material, soliciting murder and of belonging or professing to belong to al-Qaeda.

He also faces additional charges of inviting support for al-Qaeda and disseminating terrorist publications.

Police have been given more time to quiz a fifth man, arrested in Derby.


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