Fatal stabbing of UK MP declared ‘terrorist incident’

Fatal stabbing of UK MP declared ‘terrorist incident’

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 12:59 16 October 2021   Updated: 17:07 16 October 2021

United Kingdom MP David Amess was stabbed to death by assilant on Friday; Photo: Collected

United Kingdom MP David Amess was stabbed to death by assilant on Friday; Photo: Collected

The fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess was a “terrorist incident”, police said Saturday, as they investigated the second killing of a UK politician while meeting voters since 2016, AFP reported this on Saturday.

According to a report by Reuters, MP David Amess was “stabbed more than once” by assailants while talking to voters in his constituency at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-sea, east London, on Friday. He died on the spot.

David Amess, 69, was an MP for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

Sky News reported that a 25-year-old suspect, a British citizen of Somali descent, was arrested in the Amess murder.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Saturday that the knife attack was initially thought to have been instigated by “Islamic extremists”. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Officers specializing in counter-terrorism are leading the initial investigation.

The police said authorities are now searching two London addresses as part of the investigation. The suspect, who is in police custody, carried out the attack “alone”. It is being speculated that no one else was with him at that time.

It is known that the killing of David Amess by the knife attack is seen as a blow to democracy by the politicians of the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson, who quickly returned to London from the west of England after receiving news of the knife attack, said he had great confidence in the country and its future. “Today we have lost an extraordinary representative. A good friend, a good colleague.”

Upon hearing the news, a group of armed police immediately rushed to the church in East London, where it was written in a place, “Welcome everyone here, old friends gather here, strangers think it’s home”.

Essex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said paramedics tried hard but could not save Essex’s Southeast West MP Amess.

Earlier, Labor MP Jo Cox was killed outside a library in Bristol, West Yorkshire in 2016. She was scheduled to hold a meeting at her constituency.