According to Sky News, British counter-terrorism officials briefed Cabinet ministers Tuesday on a thwarted plot by radical Islamists to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt, multiple agencies had been tracking the plot for “several weeks” and managed to prevent what could have been yet another radical Islamic terror attack in the country.
“I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today (Tuesday), such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered,” Brunt reported. “It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street.”
Extremists, Brunt explained, planned to “launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May.”
Brunt noted that at least three agencies had been tracking the assassination plot. “This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police,” he said.
The investigation “came to a head” last week, police arresting two men whom they charged with “preparing acts of terrorism.”
Sky News reports that the thwarted attack is one of nine terror attacks MI5 has prevented in the U.K. in the past year.
Despite MI5’s counter-terrorism efforts, the U.K.’s terror levels remain at all-time highs, with several terrorists getting through the cracks. Among them was Khalid Masood, who killed five people in March by plowing his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbing a policeman. In May, Salman Abedi murdered 22 people and injured dozens when he bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena. In June, terrorists killed 11 people by using their vehicle as a weapon on London Bridge then going on a stabbing spree. Then there was the Finsbury Park mosque attack that killed one man, and a failed bombing at the Parsons Greene Tube station.