2 men charged with plotting to kill British PM

Saul Bowman
December 7, 2017

Police believe their plan was to detonate some sort of improvised explosive device (IED) at Downing Street and attack and kill the Prime Minister in the ensuing chaos, Sky News reported. His alleged accomplice, Mohammed Aqib Imran, who is accused of trying to join the Islamic State group but was not charged in the assassination plot, also pled not guilty, according to the Sun in London.

MI5 head Andrew Parker briefed Cabinet ministers with details of the alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman is accused of planning an explosion outside May's Downing Street office then trying to enter the building with a suicide vest and a knife in a bid to kill her.

Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Scotland Yard, military intelligence security service MI5 and West Midlands Police reportedly had been investigating the plot for "several weeks". Security chiefs stepped in amid fears the men were preparing to launch an attack, arresting them at gunpoint.

Parker spoke to members of Theresa May's cabinet about terrorist threats.

The police said there were now 500 counter-terrorism investigations involving 3,000 people and more than 20,000 other people have been investigated in the past. Police fear a lone-wolf extremist could mount a "copycat" attack similar to that on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas market previous year.

Mr Parker has said the threat facing the United Kingdom was at the "highest tempo" seen in his 34-year career. There have been at least five terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in Britain so far this year, Sky News reports.

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