British police, MI5 foil plot to assassinate Theresa May
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning to blow up security barriers outside 10 Downing Street and stab the prime minister
London — Two men have been charged with a plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May and a court hearing on the case is expected on Wednesday, British media reported.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, planned to blow up security barriers outside May’s Downing Street office and then stab the British leader to death, the reports said.
The Financial Times reported that the plot was foiled by British police and MI5.
The reports came a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd told parliament that 22 Islamist terrorist plots had been thwarted since the killing of a British soldier on a London street by two Islamist extremists in 2013.
Nine of the plots had been uncovered following an attack outside the British parliament in March in which five people were killed, Rudd said.
"The UK is facing an intense threat from terrorism, one which is multidimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we have not seen before," London’s Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday.
The police said there were now 500 counter-terrorism investigations involving 3,000 people, and more than 20,000 other people had been investigated in the past.
Britain has suffered five terrorist attacks this year, which killed 36 people and injured more than 200 others. Four of them were claimed by the Islamic State group.
Three of the perpetrators were known to security services, according to an internal review, which said security services had missed opportunities to stop the Manchester Arena bombing.