UK Police have thwarted an Islamist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May.
Two men have been charged for planning to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the Prime Minister’s official residence, 10 Downing Street, British media reports. The terror plot was foiled last week following a joint operation by the country’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 and the UK police.
Alleged plotters Naa’imur Rahman and Mohammed Imran were brought before a court in London, charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Rahman reportedly intended to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) at the entrance of the Downing Street building and use the ensuing chaos to gain access to Prime Minister May’s residence and murder her. He was in possession of two IEDs at the time of the arrest last week, the prosecutor told the court.
The UK newspaper Daily Express reported details of the Islamist terror plot that have only been made public today:
Police have charged two men over an alleged plot to launch a terror attack on 10 Downing Street to kill the Prime Minister.
According to reports, one man was plotting to blow up the security gates at Downing Street with an explosive hidden in a bag.
The man then allegedly planned to storm Number 10 armed with a knife and suicide vest to kill Theresa May.
A man, 20, has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism and is understood to have been arrested by Met Police last week.
A 21-year-old man is accused of assisting him.
The shocking revelations come just days after Prime Minister May criticized President Donald Trump for retweeting videos that were initially shared by a British right-wing activist showing incidents of Islamist terrorism and violence. As it now appears, May has more serious troubles at hand than to worry about Trump’s “offensive” tweets.
Ahead of Christmas, the UK terrorist threat level is at “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely. The country has already suffered 5 terror attacks this year that killed 36 people.
According to recent media reports, MI5 is currently running at least 500 live operations involving 3,000 terror suspects. Estimated 20,000 former terror suspects are living in the country, many of whom could again pose a terror threat, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed this week.