The assassination of the British MP, this Friday, was considered a “terrorist incident”, with the initial investigation pointing to a “potential motivation linked to Islamic extremism”, reported the Metropolitan Police (Met) of London.
The investigation is being conducted by the Met Counter-Terrorism Command, in collaboration with the Specialized Operations Unit Eastern Region (ERSOU) and the Essex Police, that police force announced in a statement posted on Twitter.
The counterterrorism unit’s national coordinator, Commissioner Dean Haydon, “formally declared the incident to be terrorism,” indicated police in the same note, adding that “the initial investigation revealed a potential motivation linked to the islamic extremism“.
The same statement reads that a 25 year old british male, was detained on the spot on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a police station in Essex.
Authorities also say they believe that the suspect acted alone, and that they are not looking for anyone else, however, investigations into the circumstances of this murder continue.
As part of the investigation, agents are currently search at two addresses in the London area.
David Amess, a conservative deputy, died this Friday following a knife attack in Leigh-on-Sea during a meeting with voters at the Belfairs Methodist Church.
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.
The 69-year-old congressman, married and father of five, represented the Southend West constituency in Essex County. Was deputy since 1983, Catholic, abortion opponent and animal rights advocate, having also campaigned for Brexit.
Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, lamented the murder of Amess, writing on his Twitter account that the Conservative MP was “one of the kindest, kindest and kindest people he has ever met in politics”.
All our hearts are full of shock and sadness at the death of Sir David Amess MP.
He was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. pic.twitter.com/SIx6SZ1P3w
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 15, 2021
Manifestations of grief were unanimous in all political circles, with the crime bringing to mind the murder in 2016 of the Labor MP Jo Cox, murdered by a far-right militant, a week before the referendum that dictated the UK’s exit from 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.