LONDON: A terror plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled by the country’s security services who arrested two men in connection with the scheme, media reports said today.
Two men were arrested last week following a joint operation by MI5, the UK s counter-terrorism security service, and police.
The two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the prime minister by using a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street and then attack her with knives.
The suspects were detained during raids in London and Birmingham last week and charged with terrorism offences. They are due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Security officials believe the alleged plot is the ninth to have been thwarted since March this year.
The attack on Westminster in March heralded the start of a spate of attacks, with five terrorist atrocities getting through Britain s defences this year and claiming a total of 36 lives in London and Manchester.
The details of the latest plot emerged as an official report into the terrorist attacks Britain suffered between March and June was released.
The plot was revealed to the Cabinet yesterday by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, who also told ministers that security services have foiled nine terrorist attacks on the UK in the last year, media reports said.