Police and intelligence officials thwarted a terrorist plot Tuesday to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a report from U.K.-based Sky News.
“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street,” Sky News’ report notes, referring to the residence of Britain’s prime minister. “Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister.”
Armed police and members of Britain’s MI5 apprehended Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran from southeast Birmingham last week. Both men were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
They are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court Wednesday morning, according to the report. It is not clear how Imran and Rahman planned to get through the fortified gates and armed police officers guarding Downing Street.
Nine terrorist attacks have been prevented in the U.K. in 2017, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker told Theresa May’s government Tuesday. He revealed the information during a presentation to cabinet members on the terrorist threat facing the country, according to The Guardian.
“There have been five attacks that have got through – four of which are related to Islamist terrorism,” May’s spokesman told reporters after the briefing.
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