Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – British MP David Amess was stabbed to death in a church in Essex. The incident happened when David was meeting with his supporters. Local police said the incident was part of a terrorist attack.
Amess, 69, is a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. He was stabbed repeatedly while he was in the middle of the day at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London.
The Metropolitan Police, who is leading the investigation into the incident, said in a statement on Saturday morning that there had been a murder in a terrorist incident. Initial investigations revealed that there were motivations associated with Islamic extremism.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, and detectives said specialist counter-terrorism officers were leading the initial investigation. The suspect is believed to have committed the crime alone.
“As part of the investigation, officers are currently conducting searches at two addresses in the London area and this is ongoing,” local police said.
Politicians have described the attack as an attack on democracy.
“David is a huge believer in this country and its future and we have lost today a great public servant and a friend and colleague we love so much,” said Johnson, who rushed back to London from the west of England after the news broke. .
Essex Constable Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said police at the time did not believe there was a threat of a terrorist attack. So when armed police surrounded the church and the paramedics arrived, the MP was dead and lying on the church floor.
Harrington did not provide specifics about the murder. However, based on available data, this is the second attack on British MPs in their constituency in the last five years.
Foto: AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Floral tributes are placed on one of the roads leading to the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where British Conservative lawmaker David Amess has died after being stabbed at a constituency surgery, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Police gave no immediate details on the motive for the killing of 69-year-old Conservative lawmaker Amess and did not identify the suspect, who was being held on suspicion of murder. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Broadcaster Sky News said the man arrested was known to be a British citizen of Somali descent.
His colleagues from across the parliament expressed their shock and paid tribute to Amess. Amess is one of Britain’s longest-serving MPs, for his commitment to his constituents, with whom he meets regularly on the first and third Friday of each month.
Flags on all UK government buildings will be flown at half-mast in honor.
His website lists his main interests as animal welfare and pro-life issues. She is popular with lawmakers and is known for her active contributions, often on issues relating to the Essex constituency or animal rights. In Amess’ final contribution to the House of Commons last month, she called for a debate on animal welfare.
The incident also led the Conservative Party to suspend all campaign activities until further notice.
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