Police have arrested two men who had been allegedly plotting to assassinate UK Prime Minister Theresa May. They had planned to use a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of 10 Downing Street and then attack her with knives.

They were detained during raids in London last week, and will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 6).

The head of MI15, Andrew Parker, informed the UK cabinet about how security forces have stopped nine terrorist attacks on the UK in the last year. There are currently more than 500 live investigations going on and police chiefs are handling more than 3,000 subjects of interest and 20,000 individuals who have been identified during terrorist inquiries.

Parker has said that the threat facing the UK was at the ‘highest tempo’ seen in his 34-year career.

The Metropolitan Police said Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham, had been charged with preparing a terrorist act

After the meeting, May’s spokesman said: ”The Prime Minister thanks the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat. Cabinet ministers heard that while Daesh suffered major defeats in Iraq and Syria, this did not mean the threat is over. Rather it is spreading to new areas, including trying to encourage attacks in the UK and elsewhere via propaganda on social media.”

There have been a number of terror attacks which the police have foiled. After the Westminster bridge attack in March, police arrested Ummariyat Mirza, 21, who pleaded guilty to researching and plotting a terrorist attack using a hunting knife.

Police also found a female terror cell, which is the first female terrorist hit squad. The three women are facing trial. A 17-year-old girl is also facing trial after she was accused of plotting a terror attack on a British museum.

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