Terror plot to assassinate UK Prime Minister foiled by police, reports say

Alleged plot to blow up Theresa May foiled

Police believe that the plotters had planned to set off an improvised explosive device at the prime minister's Downing Street offices and residence and then kill May in the resulting chaos.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing Street to greet Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, London, Britain December 5, 2017.

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

The Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, said Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, were charged with "preparing a terrorist act" on Tuesday, according to the Independent.

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

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The conspiracy prevention operation lasted for several weeks, involving MI-5, Scotland Yard and the police.

A man died in a terrorist incident at Finsbury Park mosque in north London in the same month - and, in September, an attempt to bomb a Tube train at Parsons Green station failed.

The two men who were arrested on November 28 for the foiled plot are Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, of north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of Birmingham, according to a Metropolitan Police news release. The report said British security forces had missed chances to stop the attack. Four have been successful, including the May attack that killed 22 following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

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.