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Islamic terror plot to assassinate British PM Theresa May thwarted, report says

Tributes to the Manchester terror attack which killed 22 people Tributes to the Manchester terror attack which killed 22 people Credit Ben Stansall /AFP
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 05:25

Two men will appear in court in the United Kingdom tomorrow, accused of planning a suicide bombing on Downing Street and plotting to kill the British prime minister Theresa May in a knife attack.

Armed police and members of Britain's MI5 apprehended Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran from southeast Birmingham last week.

Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "It's the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they've foiled this year".

10 Downing Street is the location of the prime minister's office.

Sky News reported on Tuesday, citing sources, that police had foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May.

On Tuesday MI5 revealed that it had prevented nine terror attacks in the United Kingdom in the past year but several attackers have still got through.

Both men will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (6 December) charged with terror offences.

In May, 22 people died in a suicide bombing outside of Manchester Arena and 11 peopled dies in a terror attack on the London Bridge.

The review by lawyer David Anderson, ordered by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said the May 22 attack that killed 22 people might have been thwarted "had the cards fallen differently".

But Anderson, a former terrorism law reviewer asked by the government to review the recent spate of terror attacks, concluded there is "no cause for despair".