Terror plot to assassinate UK Prime Minister foiled by police, reports say

Published: 06 December 2017 Image credit: Reuters

Reports say a terror plot to assassinate UK PM has been foiled

British police have foiled an alleged terrorist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, according to British media reports.

It’s alleged two would-be terrorists planned on launching an “improvised explosive device at Downing Street” before locating the Prime Minister and killing her, Sky News has reported.

The alleged plot was reportedly revealed by the head of Britain’s M15 unit Andrew Parker, while briefing Cabinet ministers. 

Scotland Yard has not confirmed these reports.

However, the Metropolitan Police released a statement earlier today confirming two men were arrested in the UK last week charged with preparing terrorist attacks.

Twenty-year-old north London man Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman and 21-year-old Mohammed Aqib Imran from south-east Birmingham have been arrested for “intention of committing acts of terrorism” and engaging in conduct in preparation for those acts.

They were arrested by officers from Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command on November 28.

They remain in custody and are due to appear in court on Wednesday, local time.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for Ms May said British authorities had foiled nine terrorist plots in the last 12 months.