The security services in the U.K. stopped an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister in Downing Street. An Islamic extremist planned to use an improvised explosive device making an attempt on Theresa May’s life. Details of the alleged terror plot were set out to Cabinet members on Tuesday during a briefing by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5.
He revealed that a total of nine Islamist terrorist plots have been thwarted in the UK over the past year. Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police had been pursuing the possible attack for several weeks. Two men, arrested last week, have been charged now with terror offences. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, were due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Security gates in Downing Street
Rahman, from north London, was charged with preparing acts of terrorism and assisting Imran in terror planning. The disclosures about the charges came just hours after an official report into the Manchester terror attack revealed that the suicide bomber had been flagged for closer scrutiny by security services and that the atrocity could have been averted “had the cards fallen differently”. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman declined to discuss the details of the foiled attacks. There over 500 live investigations ongoing in the UK. Police chiefs are struggling to handle more than 3,000 subjects of interest, along with a growing pool of more than 20,000 individuals identified during terrorist inquiries.