Plot to kill British prime minister May foiled

Theresa May meets Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at 10 Downing Street London

Theresa May meets Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at 10 Downing Street London

A man who allegedly plotted to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared in court Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses.

They have been identified as Maaimur Zakaraiyah Rahman (20) and Mohammad Aqub Imran (21), the Independent reported.

He is accused of plotting to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by planting an improvised bomb at the entrance to Downing Street.

Prime ministers have always been terrorist targets, though Downing Street is now well protected by fortified gates and armed police officers.

Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, briefed cabinet ministers on the plot, Sky said. The report also showed that MI5 could have stopped the Manchester terror attack with the intelligence they had. He said he was of no fixed abode and said his nationality was "Bangladeshi British".

"The secondary attack was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife", he told the court. The recording would have given Imran greater credibility with the terrorist organization, the document said.

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The domestic security service has previously said that 13 terror attacks were prevented in the past four years, according to Sky News.

The PM's official spokesman declined to discuss the details of the attacks, but several newspapers later reported that the two men arrested in London and Birmingham last week had been behind the plot.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded Rahman and Imran in custody to appear for a short hearing at England's Old Bailey central criminal court on December 20.

Downing Street is protected by armed police officers and separated from the public by fortified gates. The then prime minister, John Major, was inside but was not hurt.

Britain has seen five terror attacks this year, which killed 36 people and injured more than 200 others.

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