The British Police have declared the murder this past Friday of Conservative MP David Amess as a terrorist attack, as reported by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dean Haydon.
Amess was stabbed to death during a meeting with his voters in Essex County by a 25-year-old British man of Somali descent, who was arrested at the scene of the incident. According to sources from the newspaper ‘The Guardian’, the detainee, whose name has not been released, “shares the same details” as an individual who appeared in the Prevent program dedicated to those who were “at risk of ideological radicalization“.
Meanwhile, Haydon has indicated that the incident was a terrorist act with a potential motivation linked to the extremist Islamism“, according to a statement collected by the British media.
As part of the investigation, officers have tracked down two homes in the London area but police believe the individual acted In solitary and they are not looking for any other suspects at this time.
In parallel, the agents they interrogate the author of the attack, who was arrested at the same crime scene and remains in custody at an Essex police station. The investigation is being led by the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, which works in collaboration with colleagues from the Eastern Region Specialized Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police, the official note added.
All political parties have expressed consternation at the crime, which has evoked the memory of Labor MP Jo Cox, shot dead by a man linked to the far right in June 2016, days before the Brexit referendum.
The British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has ordered that the security measures of all MPs be reviewed, who in the United Kingdom usually organize public events on Fridays in which citizens of their constituencies can come to express their complaints and requests.