International desk: British intelligence have reportedly foiled a plot by Islamic extremists to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, a media report said.
The disrupted plot against May included an explosive device that terrorists planned to detonate in front of May’s residence on 10 Downing Street, a Sky News report said.
“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street,” it said.
“Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister,” the news report said.
The plot was just one in a number of planned attacks in 2017 that cops and British security services have been able to prevent, Sky said.
It was not clear on Tuesday night what stage the plot was in or if any suspects have been arrested.
The two men who were arrested on Nov. 28 for the foiled plot are Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, of north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of Birmingham, according to a Metropolitan Police news release.
Both Rahman and Imran were charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism and are expected to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
MI5 has prevented nine terror attacks in the U.K.
within the past year, Director Andrew Parker said Tuesday, according to The Guardian.