The assassination of Sir David Amess is being considered as “terrorism” with a “possible Islamist connection.”
Counter-terrorism Following the discovery of a “possible motivation linked to Islamist extremism,” police are now leading the investigation into the assassination of Tory MP Sir David Amess on Friday. The police investigating the tragic murder of a Conservative MP yesterday disclosed that the incident is being treated as “terrorist linked.”
In the early phases of their probe, they have also claimed that they are looking into a “possible motivation tied to Islamist extremism.”
The unidentified suspect is characterized as British with ‘Somali ancestry.’
Sir David Amess, 69, the Southend West MP, was having his weekly surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church on Eastwood Road North in Leigh-on-Sea when a guy allegedly ran into the church and stabbed him many times.
He died at the scene, according to Essex Police.
“The deadly stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been classified a terrorist event, with the investigation being directed by Counter Terrorism Policing,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, formally declared the incident to be terrorism. A possible motivation tied to Islamist extremism has been discovered in the early stages of the investigation.” “A 25-year-old British male was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene. He is currently being held at an Essex police station.” Officers have been checking two locations in the London region, according to the force, and the operation is still ongoing as of midnight.
People from Sir Amess’s Essex seat, the UK, and throughout the world have paid tribute to him this evening.
Following the death of Sir Amess, the husband of late MP Jo Cox, who was slain by a far-right terrorist outside her constituency office in 2016, has spoken out, saying that the incident has brought back trauma for his family.
“Attacking our elected politicians is an attack on democracy itself,” Mr Cox said in a series of tweets. There is no justification or excuse. It’s the epitome of cowardice.” “David’s family is in my thoughts and prayers. Now, it’s all about them. This brings everything back. The anguish, the loss, but also the outpouring of love from the public in the aftermath of Jo’s death. I’m hoping we’ll be able to do the same for David now.” Sign up for the Brinkwire’s newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and stories from around the world.