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Alleged Terror Plot 'To Kill Theresa May' Foiled By Police And MI5 - Reports

Two men arrested last week to appear in court.

06/12/2017 02:53 GMT | Updated 06/12/2017 11:24 GMT

An alleged plot to blow up the gates of Downing Street and assassinate  Theresa May was foiled by security officials, it has been reported.

The Met charged two men on Tuesday for what has been reported as a planned attack on No.10.

Reports from court on Wednesday suggested the pair were accused of a plot to kill the Prime Minister in a bomb and knife attack on Downing Street.

Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, of North London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, from Birmingham, were arrested during raids in London and Birmingham last week.

The Met on Wednesday declined to comment on claims carried in multiple media reports that the arrests related to an alleged plot against May. 

Sky News said police believed there was a plan to launch an improvised explosive device at Downing Street and, in the chaos that ensued, attack and kill May.

Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered.

“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street.”

The men were arrested last week following a joint operation by MI5, the UK’s counter-terrorism security service, and police and appeared in court today. 

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Prime Minister Theresa May was the target of an alleged terror attack plan

Rahman, who was charged with preparing acts of terrorism and assisting Imran in planning, was remanded in custody after appearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old’s co-accused, Imran, 21, was charged with preparing acts of terrorism.

A total of nine terrorist attacks have been prevented in the UK in the past year, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, told the Cabinet on Tuesday.

Parker released the information as an investigation into the security services and police following a string of terror attacks in Britain last year was published.

The official review found Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was a former “subject of interest” and it is “conceivable” the attack “might have been averted had the cards fallen differently”.