Pregnant woman from Birmingham on terror knife charge

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A pregnant woman has been accused of helping her husband buy a knife to carry out a terror attack in the UK.

Madihah Taheer, 21, of Birmingham, has been charged with assisting an alleged extremist to commit acts of terrorism.

She reportedly handed over her bank details to her husband Ummariyat Mirza, 21, who is said to have used the funds to buy a blade to carry out his plan.

Ms Taheer, who is 36 weeks pregnant, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier.

The defendant, of St Agathas Road, confirmed her name, date of birth and address at the court.

Mr Mirza, of the same address, has been charged with preparing for a terrorist attack in the UK by buying a knife and other items including a bomb-making guide and a poisons handbook.

His 23-year-old sister, Zainub Mirza, from Eastfield Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, has been charged with sending propaganda videos to others about so-called Islamic State, to encourage terror acts.

Ms Taheer was remanded at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey which has special facilities for pregnant prisoners and new-born babies.

She is set to appear at the Old Bailey, either in person or via video-link on Friday, along with the other two defendants.

West Midlands Police said the charges were not linked to the Westminster attack.

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