Sky sources have confirmed that a terror plot for the assassination of English Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled. The crime correspondent of Sky, Martin Brunt said that it is the latest in a number of terror plots that the police and MI5 believe that they have foiled this year. He said that he very well understands that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker briefed the cabinet ministers on Tuesday about the seriousness of what they believed to have uncovered.
Martin also mentioned that it is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially the police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack they would kill the English Prime Minister Theresa May. Brunt said that this is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police.
The situation had come to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who were charged guilty for the preparation of acts of terrorism. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from southeast Birmingham, are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on charges of terror on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, MI5 had revealed that it had prevented nine terror attacks in the United Kingdom in the previous year, but several attackers had still got through. In March this year; Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman guarding the Parliament. About five people died in that particular attack.
On the 22nd of May 2017, people died when a suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abed targeted people going to the concert at the Manchester Arena. An official report into the attack released on Tuesday found opportunities to thwart it had been missed. About eleven people died when terrorists used vehicles and knives to attack people at London Bridge in June this year.
A man died in a terrorist incident at Finsbury Park mosque in north London in June of this year and in the month of September and an attempt to bomb a Tube train at Parsons Green station failed. The Prime ministers have remained a target of terrorists though Downing Street is now well protected by fortified gates and armed police officers. The security measures were introduced in the 1970s but were increased in the 1980s as the threat from Irish republican groups grew.