The assassination of British MP David Amess was considered “a terrorist incident”, with the initial investigation pointing to a “potential motivation linked to Islamic extremism”, the Metropolitan Police (Met) of London reported early in the morning.
The investigation is being conducted by Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, in collaboration with the Specialized Operations Unit Eastern Region (ERSOU) and the Essex Police, said that police force in a statement posted on the network social Twitter.
The counterterrorism unit’s national coordinator, Commissioner Dean Haydon, “formally declared the incident to be terrorism,” police said in the statement.
“The initial investigation revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamic extremism,” he added.
Conservative MP David Amess died on Friday following a knife attack in Leigh-on-Sea during a meeting with voters.
In a statement, police in Essex County, south-east England, said they were called shortly after 12:05.
“We found an injured man. He was assisted by the emergency services, but unfortunately, he died on the spot”, he indicated.
According to the police force, “a 25-year-old man was quickly arrested shortly after the police arrived on the scene, on suspicion of murder, and a knife was recovered.”
The man is in detention, with the police adding that they do not think there are any more people involved in the attack.
“As part of the investigation, officers are currently conducting searches at two addresses in the London area,” police said.
The incident took place during voter hearings at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
These hearings are held regularly by all British MPs to find out about issues that citizens may want to raise and are open to anyone.
David Amess, 69, a married father of five, represented the Southend West constituency in Essex County.
He was a deputy since 1983, Catholic, anti-abortion, and animal rights advocate has also campaigned for ‘Brexit’.
The expressions of grief were unanimous across all political persuasions, with the crime bringing to mind the 2016 murder of Labor Party MP Jo Cox, murdered by a far-right militant, a week before the referendum that dictated the exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union.
Two other deputies, Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones in 2000 and Labor Stephen Timms in 2010, were victims of knife attacks, both of whom survived, although a Jones aide died trying to protect him.
Source: with agencies