Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 has foiled a terrorist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, U.K. media reports.
Two men have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in connection with the plot, which reportedly involved using improvised explosives to blow up the gate at No. 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence, and to kill May in the ensuing chaos, various media say.
The men, who Sky News said were arrested last week, were scheduled to appear on Wednesday in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, according to The Telegraph, which said the information was provided on Tuesday in a briefing by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5. However, the prime minister’s spokesman declined to discuss details of the plot.
Sky quoted unnamed sources as describing the planned attack as “an extreme Islamist suicide plot.”
Reuters reports that police have confirmed that the two suspects are Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, of north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of southeast Birmingham.