Alleged Terror Plot 'To Kill Theresa May' Foiled By Police And MI5

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

A man planned to bomb Downing Street's gates before attacking Theresa May with a knife and suicide vest inside Number 10, a court has heard.

A man accused of trying to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in a failed terrorist plot pled not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.

They have been identified as Maaimur Zakaraiyah Rahman (20) and Mohammad Aqub Imran (21), the Independent reported.

Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, briefed cabinet ministers on the plot, Sky said. He said that his service had prevented nine terrorist attacks this year. He said he was of no fixed abode and said his nationality was "Bangladeshi British".

When speaking to cabinet members, Parker noted that the Islamic State group had faced defeats. The recording would have given Imran greater credibility with the terrorist organization, the document said.

Both men, who indicated that they would plead not guilty, were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on December 20.

Toby Melville  Reuters
Toby Melville Reuters

Terror attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park, and in Manchester this year killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds more.

David Anderson QC, who was asked to conduct an independent investigation, said Abedi had been on MI5's radar but that his "true significance was not appreciated at the time".

They were arrested in raids by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command in London and Birmingham on November 28.

The alleged plot highlights the extreme threat still faced by the United Kingdom in a year blighted by terrorist atrocities which claimed 36 lives.

"There are now well over 500 counterterrorism investigations, involving more than 3,000 subjects of interest - along with a growing pool of more than 20,000 individuals who have previously been the subject of terrorism investigations", the statement said.

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