A plot to assassinate UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky News reported on Tuesday, citing sources.
Sky News added that this was something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police.
Police believe the plotters planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the prime minister’s Downing Street offices and kill May in the chaos, Sky reported, citing people it didn’t identify. Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, briefed cabinet ministers on the plot, Sky said.
A weeks-long investigation into the case culminated last week with the arrests of two men on charges of preparing acts of terrorism, according to the report.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from southeast Birmingham were due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, Sky reported.
Parker told ministers that U.K. authorities had broken up nine potential terrorist attacks over the past year. But others have been successful. An official report released Tuesday on a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena in May found that opportunities to thwart the attack had been missed.
Earlier today, May’s spokesman had said that Britain has thwarted nine plots in the last 12 months.