Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Authorities foil terrorist plot to kill UK PM Theresa May

Authorities foil terrorist plot to kill UK PM Theresa May

Twenty-year-old north London man Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman and 21-year-old Mohammed Aqib Imran from south-east Birmingham have been arrested for "intention of committing acts of terrorism" and engaging in conduct in preparation for those acts. He also said that the security services have foiled nine terrorist attacks on the United Kingdom in the past one year. Last week, two men were arrested by armed police and charged with "preparing acts of terrorism".

According to officials, both men were plotting a bomb assault on the security gates protecting the entrance of Downing Street.

Information about the suspected plot was first released by Andrew Parker, the head of Britain's domestic intelligence service, MI5.

In May, 22 people died when suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abed targeted concert-goers at Manchester Arena.

Parker told ministers that United Kingdom authorities had broken up nine potential terrorist attacks over the past year.

Police believe that the plotters had planned to set off an improvised explosive device at the prime minister's Downing Street offices and residence and then kill May in the resulting chaos.

In 1991, Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants launched a mortar bomb attack on Number 10. May's spokesman said: "The Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat".

The IRA had previously targeted prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative conference in Brighton in 1984.

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