[00:00.00]Two men accused of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared in a London court Wednesday.
[00:10.08]The two are believed to have been planning a suicide attack using explosives and a knife at the home of the prime minister on 10 Downing Street.
[00:22.61]Information about the suspected plot was first released by Andrew Parker, the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence service, MI5.
[00:36.78]Parker spoke to members of Theresa May’s cabinet about terrorist threats.
[00:44.33]He said that his service had prevented nine terrorist attacks this year.
[00:51.87]Police say the men who appeared in court Wednesday were arrested last week in raids that took place in London and the city of Birmingham.
[01:04.75]One of those arrested is 20-year-old Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman.
[01:13.79]He is accused of preparing acts of terrorism.
[01:18.52]Officials suspect that Rahman had two explosive devices when he was arrested.
[01:27.35]Also accused is 21-year-old Mohammed Aqib Imran, who was arrested in Birmingham.
[01:35.71]Imran is accused of trying to get a false passport in an effort to go to Libya to join a group linked to the Islamic State.
[01:47.93]When speaking to cabinet members, Parker noted that the Islamic State group had faced defeats.
[01:56.99]But, he said, the group was still “trying to encourage attacks in the UK and elsewhere via propaganda on social media.”
[02:09.66]News of the plot comes hours after the release of an official report on the bombing attack in Manchester last year.
[02:20.40]The report said British security forces had missed chances to stop the attack.
[02:28.71]Lawyer David Anderson wrote the report.
[02:34.36]Anderson said the Manchester bombing attack, which killed 22 people at a music concert in May, could have been stopped “had the cards fallen differently.”
[02:48.66]In addition, the report said the leader of another terror attack, who used knives on London Bridge in June, had been under investigation by MI5.
[03:04.47]However, Anderson noted that most terror plots continue to be prevented before they can be carried out.
[03:14.28]I’m Mario Ritter.