Islamic Terrorists, armed with knives, were foiled in their plan to assassinate Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the U.K. The two men were arrested on Tuesday, November 28, at gunpoint, by officers of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman and Mohammed Aqib Imran, the offenders, will remain in custody until wednesday, December 6; when they will stand in front of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, accused of preparing to commit acts of Terrorism, which intentions were contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism act of 2006.
Police state in a Sky News report, “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 plot had been investigated for “several weeks” by M15 Military Intelligence Security Service, West Midlands Police, and Scotland Yard, according to reports.
Investigators believe the two desired to, first, detonate a bomb to cause chaos and discord. Secondly, during the aftermath, they would murder Theresa, armed with a suicide vest, a knife, and pepper spray. The attack would’ve targeted 10 Downing Street, where the Prime minister’s office resides.
Though a description of the individuals has yet to surface, the Metropolitan Police news tell us that Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman is a 20 year old man, who lives in North London. Mohammed Aqib Imran is 21, and lives in Birmingham.
Chiefs of Counter-terrorism said it was the ninth nullified threat in the U.K. since march, and still, there are more than 500 live investigations of potential terrorists. Andrew Parker, chief of M15, briefed Cabinet ministers last week on the unprecedented, and growing, terrorist threat, facing the country. He said the threat was the “highest tempo” he has seen in his 34-year career.
Of the past five terror attacks that got through M15, four have been related to islamic terrorism. Some foiled terror attempts have not been made public, for reasons of security.
Why the two desired to kill Theresa, remains unknown, but maybe the trial will reveal their intentions; weather it be jihad, a difference of belief, or something different entirely. No-one knows yet, but Prime ministers have long been targets of terrorism. In the 1970s, counter-measures were introduced, but had to increase in the 1980s, because of the threat posed by Irish Republicans at the time.
Theresa May has been the leader of the Conservative party since 2016. She was first elected in 1997 as a member of parliament for Maidenhead. She has identified herself as a one-nation conservative, and was the first woman chairman of the Toi party, in 2002. When the coalition government formed, following the 2010 election, Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality. During that same time, May promised the people that she would bring down the net migration to under 100,000.
Despite her promise, 620,000 people migrated to the UK in 2014, while only 327,000 left. Mrs. May said it was their duty to let those from war torn countries find refuge. Along with asylum seekers and refugees, ISIS militants crossed the mediterranean sea, finding their new home to be the U.K. Since the European migrant crisis began in 2015, there has been a massive increase in terror attacks, which number continues to grow today.