Two young Muslim men are due to appear in a London court today, accused of wanting to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May.
Mr. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20-years-old, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21-years-old, from southeast Birmingham are the culprits arrested.
According to police reports, the two young men planned to detonate an improvised explosive device in front of the prime minister’s Downing Street offices and then, with the disorganized exit of Ms. May seen in the last London terror strike in mind, try to kill Ms. May in the ensuing chaos.
Mr. Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, has been briefing cabinet ministers on the plot.
The two young men were arrested on 28 November following an operation involving MI5 investigators and counter-terrorism police officers from Scotland Yard and the West Midlands.
The London Metropolitan police said they had been charged “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism” and they with “engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.” Their tickets to flee overseas after the act was already bought.
The news comes at a very bad time for Ms. May, just one week after she told US President Trump it was wrong to re-tweet Anti-Muslim videos, to which he then replied: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/theresa_may?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Theresa_May</a>, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/936037588372283392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The UK has been hit with a number of terrorist attacks since the beginning of this year with five terrorist atrocities getting through Britain’s defense which has claimed a total of 36 lives in London and Manchester already.
According to Mr. Parker, nine other terror plots have been foiled already this year as well, all planned by extremist Muslim cells hiding in the UK.