We have some breaking news coming from the United Kingdom. Apparently, British intelligence and security services have foiled an assassination plot against Prime Minister Theresa May. Sky News reports that the head of MI5, Britain’s internal security service, briefed the May’s cabinet, telling them that a plot to launch some sort of explosive device at Downing Street in the hopes of killing Prime Minister May. We’ll keep you updated on the matter
Via Sky News:
Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "It's the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they've foiled this year.
"I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered.
"It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially police believe that 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 Prime Minister."
"This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police. It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who earlier today were charged with preparing acts of terrorism."
This comes after the country has been hit with a string of terror attacks this year. In March, Khalid Masood ran down scores of people near Westminster, killing five and injuring at least 50 others. In May, Salman Abedi blew himself up in Manchester after an Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-two people were killed. The Guardian reports that the attack could have been stopped; the intelligence was “misinterpreted.” In June, eight people were killed when three men, Rachid Redouane, Youssef Zaghba, and Khuram Butt, ran over pedestrians on London Bridge who then launched a knife attack in nearby Borough Market. All three attackers were shot and killed by police. On a more positive note, the UK has been able to thwart nine possible attacks over the past 12 months.