Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: … “It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister. …
“It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.”
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from south-east Birmingham are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on terror charges on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday MI5 revealed that it had prevented nine terror attacks in the UK in the past year but several attackers have still got through. …
In 1991 the IRA launched a home-made mortar bomb attack on Number 10. The device landed in the back garden. The then prime minister, John Major, was inside but was not hurt.
The IRA had previously targeted prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative conference in Brighton in 1984. Mrs Thatcher narrowly avoided injury but five people were killed – including a Conservative MP.
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