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The British domestic intelligence agency MI5 has thwarted a terrorist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May, UK press reports.
Two men have been charged with terrorism-related offenses in connection with the plot, which allegedly involved the use of improvised explosives to blow up the door at number 10 Downing Street, the residence of the prime minister , and kill May in the ensuing chaos, several media say.
The men, who according to Sky News were arrested last week, were scheduled to appear Wednesday at the Magistrates Court in Westminster, according to The Telegraph, which said the information was provided on Tuesday at a briefing by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5.
However, the prime minister's spokesman refused to discuss the details of the plot.  Sky cited anonymous sources who described the planned attack as "an extreme Islamist suicide plot."
Reuters reports that police confirmed that the two suspects are Naa & # 39; imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, north of London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, southeast of Birmingham.