LONDON — The security services have foiled an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister in Downing Street, it emerged Tuesday
The charges came just hours after an official report into the Manchester terror attack revealed that the suicide bomber had been flagged for closer scrutiny.
An Islamic extremist planned to use an improvised explosive device to blow up the gates of Downing Street before entering No 10 to make an attempt on Theresa May’s life.
Two men have been charged with terror offences and are due to appear in Westminster magistrates’ court.
Details of the alleged terror plot were set out to Cabinet members yesterday during a briefing by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5. During the meeting, Parker revealed that British intelligence had foiled nine terror plots in the past 12 months.
The disclosures about the charges came just hours after an official report into the Manchester terror attack revealed that the suicide bomber had been flagged for closer scrutiny by security services and that the atrocity could have been averted “had the cards fallen differently.”
MI5 investigators misinterpreted intelligence on Salman Abedi earlier this year and it was disclosed his case was due to be discussed at a meeting scheduled for nine days after his May attack at the Manchester Arena.
Source: The National Post