MI5 suspects that David Amess, the accused killer, was radicalized by watching Islamist propaganda.
EXCLUSIVE: “This was a premeditated assassination targeting a public figure – it has all the hallmarks of a sophisticated terrorist attack,” a senior intelligence source said. The assailant of Sir David Amess may have become radicalized after watching Islamist videos on the internet.
MI5 officials believe his assailant was a “lone wolf” with no ties to any significant terrorist organization.
“This was a premeditated assassination targeting a public figure – it had all the hallmarks of a sophisticated terrorist strike,” a senior intelligence source said.
They’re also looking into whether the 25-year-old suspect was inspired by a Muslim convert in Norway who went on a bow and arrow spree, or if he targeted Sir David because of his ties to Israel.
Counter-terrorism officials are also attempting to determine the mental health of the suspect, who was born in the United Kingdom but has Somali ancestry.
“This assassination had a significant degree of forethought,” the person stated.
“The assassin had a knife, knew where Sir David was due to have his surgery, and, most importantly, he knew there would be minimal security.”
“The most important questions are why this target and why now?” Was he influenced by a recent terrorist act, such as the one that occurred in Norway?” “Sir David may have been chosen simply because the killer believed he would be a soft target,” the source stated. The married father-of-five Southend Tory MP had been in Parliament since 1983. While visiting constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, he was stabbed numerous times.
The 69-year-old was a previous member of the Conservative Friends of Israel and a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. It expressed shock and sadness, saying it was “very grieved.”
He was also the chairman of the Qatar Parliamentary All-Party Group. According to sources, the investigation will look at this connection.