A plot to hit Downing Street and murder the Prime Minister has been foiled by police and MI5.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was the target of a terror plot thwarted by police and MI5.
Sky News reported that Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman (20) and Mohammed Aqib Imran (21) were arrested after a combined effort from Scotland Yard, West Midlands Police and MI5.
The two Brits, believed to be Islamic extremists, are alleged to have planned an attack on Downing Street with the PM being their main objective.
“I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered,” Sky crime reporter Martin Brunt revealed.
“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street.
“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.
“This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police.”
The pair will face a London court on Wednesday.
It is a timely result for MI5, after David Anderson QC assessed that the security service could’ve prevented the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people in May.
He said suicide bomber Salman Abedi was a person of interest on multiple occasions in the years prior to the attack, and fresh intelligence regarding his movements in the months before the Ariana Grande concert “was not fully appreciated at the time”.
The Westminster and London Bridge attackers also slipped through the net earlier this year, but Mr Parker told Downing Street officials that his agency had prevented nine.
Sky reports that counter-terror investigators in the UK are estimated to be running 500 live investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time.
And there is considered to be a wider pool of 20,000 “subjects of interest” who are continually being monitored.