United Kingdom: An Iranian man from Newcastle has appeared in court after being accused of buying a knife and chemicals in preparation for a terrorist attack in the UK.

Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, from Arthur’s Hill, was accompanied by three police officers in the dock at Westminster magistrates court in London on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Iranian is alleged to have bought a knife, balaclava and “explosive precursors” including chemicals, more than 8,000 matches and a number of fuses.

He is also alleged to have searched online for components, including a pressure cooker, to make an explosive.

The court heard he had come to the UK from Iran in 2005 and was granted leave to remain in 2010. The district judge Kwame Inyundo remanded him in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 14 January.

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