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UK police qualify killing of MP David Amess as terrorist attack

13:14, 16 October 2021
UK police qualify killing of MP David Amess as terrorist attack Photo: pixabay.com

Law enforcement agents suppose that the killer might be linked with an extremist Islamist movement.

The Metropolitan Police of the United Kingdom have announced that they were treating the murder of Sir David Amess as a terrorist incident and that counter-terrorism units have been deployed on the scene.

"The fatal stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing," police representatives said in a statement.

They have also revealed that, according to preliminary data, the attack could have been connected with radical Islamism.

The conservative parliamentarian was stabbed multiple times on Friday during a constituency surgery in Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

A 25-year-old man was arrested shortly after the assault; he is now in custody. According to local media, the man is of Somali origin but has British citizenship.  Policemen have also found the knife the attacker used.

Police officers are carrying out searches at two addresses in London. They have said that they were not looking for other suspects but the procedures are required to determine the details of the crime. They have also called on local residents to share any information concerning the incident.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party Leader Sir Keir Starmer have laid flowers on the crime scene this morning.

The PM has also presented his condolence to the family of the late parliamentarian, calling him one of the kindest, nicest, and most gentle people in politics.

Sir David Amess was a Member of Parliament since 1983 and is known as one of the longest-serving lawmakers of the House of Commons.