Terrorist plot to assassinate British PM foiled

Two men accused of planning a suicide bombing on Downing Street to appear in court

Police believe "the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May", according to the report. He also said that the security services have foiled nine terrorist attacks on the United Kingdom in the past one year.

According to officials, both men were plotting a bomb assault on the security gates protecting the entrance of Downing Street.

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.

"It is conceivable that the Manchester attack in particular might have been averted had the cards fallen differently", according to an independent review by barrister David Anderson QC published on Tuesday.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an explosive at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people on May 22.

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The report says two pieces of information came to MI5 indicating possible criminal activity by Abedi, but this wasn't judged to be related to possible terrorist acts.

Eleven people died when terrorists used vehicles and knives to attack people at London Bridge in June.

"In retrospect, the intelligence can be seen to have been highly relevant to the planned attack", Anderson said. The then prime minister, John Major, was inside but was not hurt.

In 1991, the IRA managed to breach security, launching a homemade mortar bomb attack on Number 10. Thatcher was uninjured, but several ministers were seriously wounded in the bombing.

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