The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) security services believe that they have foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, according to The Independent.
The Independent on Wednesday reported that two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning to kill May.
The scheme involved using a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street before rushing in and stabbing May with knives.
The suspects were detained during separate raids in Birmingham and London last week, and both were subsequently charged with terrorism offenses.
The pair is scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday due to the charges.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on Wednesday said that Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, of north London has been charged with preparing a terrorist act.
Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, of Birmingham, has been charged with the same alleged crime, the MPS added.
The purported plot targeting May was revealed to her Cabinet on Tuesday by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, the U.K.’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency.
Parker also told ministers that the U.K.’s security services had stopped nine terrorist attacks within their nation’s borders during the last year.
The MI5 head additionally said that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been defeated in Iraq and Syria but was continuing to orchestrate attacks in the U.K.
Parker noted that militants are increasingly relying upon social media to try reaching out to would-be attackers there.
May’s spokesman on Tuesday praised MI5’s work after the Cabinet meeting but noted that ISIS remains an active danger.
“The Prime Minister led thanks to the tireless work of staff at MI5 to combat the unprecedented terrorist threat,” he said of the huddle.
“Cabinet ministers heard that while Daesh suffered major defeats in Iraq and Syria, this did not mean the threat is over,” the spokesman added, using an alternative name for ISIS.
“Rather it is spreading to new areas, including trying to encourage attacks in the U.K. and elsewhere via propaganda on social media.”