British security services believe they have stopped a suicide bomb plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.
Two Muslim men are suspected of conspiring to attack Downing Street armed with an improvised bomb, a suicide vest, and knives.
Investigators suspect the pair wanted to detonate a bomb disguised as a bag. They would then attempt to kill Theresa May.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with planning terror attacks.
The alleged conspiracy was foiled after a joint operation by Scotland Yard, West Midlands Police, and MI5.
Security chiefs stepped in amid fears the men were preparing to launch an attack, arresting them at gunpoint. However, it does not appear the suspects were able to obtain or build any explosives.
Counter-terrorist chiefs said it was the ninth foiled plot since March as hundreds of terrorist suspects remain under investigation.
There over 500 live investigations ongoing. Police chiefs are struggling to handle more than 3,000 subjects of interest, along with a growing pool of more than 20,000 individuals identified during terrorist inquiries.
- As Trump's 'Travel Ban' Blames Muslims, an Islamophobic Terror Plot Suggests Otherwise
- Only Way to Deal with British ISIS Fighters is to Kill Them, British Diplomat
This article has been adapted from its original source.
© Associated Newspapers Ltd.