A suicide terror attack targeting British Prime Minister Theresa May was thwarted recently when security forces arrested two suspects, according to Sky News. Investigators suspect the pair wanted to detonate a bomb disguised as a bag.
Two men have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in connection with the plot, which reportedly involved using improvised explosives to blow up the gate at No. 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's residence, and to kill May in the ensuing chaos, various media say.
Rahman has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism and appeared in court alongside Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to travel to Libya for terror purposes. They are due to appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court.
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Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, briefed cabinet ministers on the plot, Sky said.
"There are two allegations which relate to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism with a nexus, both being disrupted prior to being carried out", Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court in reference to both arrests. An official report released Tuesday on a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena in May found that opportunities to thwart the attack had been missed.
Barrister David Anderson, who was asked to conduct an independent investigation, said Abedi had been on MI5's radar but that his "true significance was not appreciated at the time".