Barking and Newham men accused of plotting terror attack to face trial
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Two men accused of plotting a terror attack similar to the London Bridge and Westminster attacks are to go on trial next year.
Umar Ahmed Haque, from Newham, and Abuthaher Mamun, from Barking, allegedly planned to carry out a car and knife attack.
Haque is accused of having a list of possible targets in the capital, including major tourist attractions and government buildings, and police also allegedly found a large knife in his car.
The pair appeared at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing this morning and spoke only to confirm their names.
Haque, 25, is accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism between March 25 and May 18 this year.
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He is also charged with four counts of possessing documents useful for committing or preparing an act of terror.
Mamun, 18, is accused of engaging in conduct to assist Haque in preparing acts of terrorism between the same dates.
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The pair appeared in court with Muhammad Abid, 26, from Newham, who is charged under terror laws with failing to disclose information about Haque.
A fourth man, Nadeem Ilyas Patel, 25, from Newham, also appeared by video-link, but is not charged with a terror offence.
Police allegedly found an air gun and gas-powered pistol when they searched his home address.
He is accused of conspiring with Haque to possess a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.
All four men were remanded in custody.
A provisional trial date has been set for January 15, 2018.