Police Foil Islamic Terror Plot To Kill British PM Theresa May

Tributes to the Manchester terror attack which killed 22 people

"It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street", Sky News' report notes, referring to the residence of Britain's prime minister.

The alleged plot was reportedly revealed by the head of Britain's M15 unit Andrew Parker, while briefing Cabinet ministers.

Sky News added that this was something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police. He is accused of preparing acts of terrorism.

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that two men arrested last week had been charged with terrorism offenses and would appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. The report also showed that MI5 could have stopped the Manchester terror attack with the intelligence they had.

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Rahman is charged with assisting Imran in "making preparations for the attack", according to the FT. He has told about the planned attack in a report to the government on Monday. The same report found that the ringleader of the June London Bridge attack was actively under investigation at the time.

Stringent protective measures were first put in place in the 1970s, and were tightened during the 1980s when Irish republicans launched attacks on the British mainland. May's spokesman said: "The Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat".

In 1991, the IRA managed to breach security, launching a homemade mortar bomb attack on Number 10.

The IRA had previously targeted prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative conference in Brighton in 1984.

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