Law enforcement in the United Kingdom thwarted an impending suicide terror attack aimed at killing British Prime Minister Theresa May, in what police describe as the “latest in a number of terror plots” that have been dismantled by British intelligence in 2017 alone.
According to the UK’s Sky News, the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed top ministers on Tuesday over the seriousness of the plot and the intended target.
“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. 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,” reported Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt.
“This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police,” he added. “It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.”
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
The United Kingdom has been repeatedly rocked by terror attacks throughout 2017. In May, 22 people were brutally murdered when suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abed attacked a pop music concert at Manchester Arena.