The UK security services have said they foiled a plot to blow up the gates of Downing Street and assassinate Theresa May. The alleged plot involved attacking Downing Street’s fortified gates with a bomb disguised as a bag, locating the Prime Minister and then killing her with a knife.
Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, revealed the plot while briefing the Cabinet on the terror threat facing Britain, Sky News reported.
The alleged conspiracy was reportedly foiled in a joint operation by Scotland Yard, West Midlands Police and MI5. Counter-terrorist chiefs said it was the ninth foiled plot since March
Theresa May was at the centre of the alleged terror plot, MI5 said (EPA)
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: ‘Mr Parker said that nine terrorist attacks had been prevented in the past year.
“There have been five attacks that got through, four of which are related to Islamist terrorism.”
Mrs May thanked Mr Parker and MI5 for their ‘tireless work’ tackling terrorism.
Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt said the operation to uncover the plot had been “pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police”.
Two men have been charged with plotting terror attacks and will appear in court on Wednesday, police confirmed last night.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from south-east Birmingham, were detained on November 28 during raids by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.