UK foils Westminster terror plot

UK foils Westminster terror plot
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Security services in the UK have foiled a terror plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May in her official address at Downing Street.

The London Metropolitan Police said that two men arrested by officers from its counter-terrorism command on 28 November had been charged with terror offences and would appear in court on Wednesday (6 December).

Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, is accused of planning to bomb Downing Street security gates and then attack the PM with a knife.

A second man, Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of Birmingham, is accused of the preparation of terrorist acts for allegedly planning to travel overseas.

It comes a day after a security review said it was “conceivable” that the Manchester Arena bombing in May, in which 22 people were killed, could have been prevented.

But MI5 chief Andrew Parker told May and her Cabinet on Tuesday that about nine alleged Islamist terror plots have been foiled since March.


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