2 Arrested And Charged With Terrorism For Plotting To Assassinate UK PM Theresa May

| December 6 , 2017 , 12:25 IST

The police in the UK have arrested two men who are suspected of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May. The two men were reportedly planning to use a bomb disguised in a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street, which houses the official residence of PM May and then attack her with knives.

The suspects, identified as Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham have been charged with terrorism offences. They were detained during raids in London and Birmingham last week.

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Andrew Parker, the head of UK's Security Service which is also known as MI5,  revealed the assassination plot to the Cabinet on Tuesday. Parker informed the ministers that security services have foiled 9 terrorist attacks on the UK in the last year itself.

The foiling of the suspected terrorist attack comes in the wake of a report that the security services could have possibly prevented the suicide attack that was carried out by Salman Abedi in May outside an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people.

Barrister David Anderson QC who had been asked to conduct an independent investigation into the concert attack said that Abedi had been under the radar of the MI5 but his “true significance was not appreciated at the time”.

After the arrest, PM May's spokesman gave an official statement, saying, ”The Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat."