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Plot to kill British Prime Minister May foiled: Reports

Press Trust of India  |  London 

An Islamist terror plot to assassinate British Prime Minister has been foiled by the country's security services who arrested two men in connection with the scheme, media reports said today.

Two men were arrested last week following a joint operation by MI5, the UKs counter-security service, and police.


The two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the prime minister by using a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street and then attack her with knives.

The suspects were detained during raids in and Birmingham last week and charged with offences. They are due to appear in Westminster Magistrates'

Security officials believe the alleged Islamist plot is the ninth to have been thwarted since March this year.

The attack on Westminster in March heralded the start of a spate of attacks, with five terrorist atrocities getting through Britains defences this year and claiming a total of 36 lives in and Manchester.

The details of the latest plot emerged as an official report into the terrorist attacks Britain suffered between March and June was released.

The plot was revealed to the Cabinet yesterday by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, who also told ministers that security services have foiled nine terrorist attacks on the UK in the last year, media reports said.

The Metropolitan Police said Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham, had been charged with preparing a terrorist act.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson declined to confirm that the arrests were linked to a plot to attack May.

It comes as a new report found that security services could possibly have prevented a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena in May. Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 13:05 IST
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