Terror Plot Against British Prime Minister Stopped

Casey Dawson
December 7, 2017

At a brief hearing, the court was told that Rahman had "planned to detonate" a bomb at Downing Street gates and in the ensuing chaos try to kill May with a knife.

Two men are to appear in a London court Wednesday for charges of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May, media reports said early Wednesday.

Naa'imur Rahman, of north London, has been charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

MI5 has prevented nine terror attacks in the United Kingdom within the past year, director Andrew Parker said Tuesday, according to The Guardian.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said: "Mr Parker said that nine terrorist attacks had been prevented in the past year".

The two are believed to have been planning a suicide attack using explosives and a knife at the home of the prime minister on 10 Downing Street.

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The court appearence comes a day after an official report said the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in northern England in May could have been thwarted.

"On two separate occasions in the months prior to the attack, intelligence was received by MI5 whose significance was not fully appreciated at the time", the report said.

"The UK is facing an intense threat from terrorism, one which is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we have not seen before", London's Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday.

So far, there have been no comments from 10 Downing Street.

"These investigations cover the full range of terrorist activity, from attack planning to activity that supports or facilitates terrorism - but a significant proportion involve potential attack-planning threats".

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