NEW YORK (Dagbladet): A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
Political veteran Amess, who has been in the British Parliament since 1983, died after being stabbed multiple times during a meeting with voters in his home district of Essex on Friday. He left a wife and five children.
The assassination rocked Britain and statements of support poured in from all sides of politics.
The incident comes just five years after another British MP, Jo Cox, was killed.
– Islamic Extremism
The motive for the 25-year-old man, who has been arrested for the murder, is not entirely clear, but police define the incident as terrorism.
Preliminary investigations have revealed potential motivations linked to Islamic extremism, it said in a statement from police late into Saturday, according to Security.
At the same time, police have stated that they believe the man acted alone, and that no one else is wanted in the case.
Amess was holding a rally for voters in her constituency at a church when she was attacked Friday morning. Police and ambulance personnel should have arrived on the scene within minutes.
When they arrived, they found Sir David Amess, who had suffered several injuries. It was a difficult incident, but our officers and paramedics worked very hard to save him. He tragically died on the spot, Essex police chief Ben Julian Harrington said at a news conference.
The UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, immediately ordered a security review around the country’s elected officials.
– The Interior Minister has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect, it stated in a statement.
– Very surprised
Warnings, expressions of support and condolences are now pouring in from across the political landscape. Amess was a backbencher for 38 years in parliament, and now many are emphasizing some of the issues she stands for in particular – including animal rights and better care for endometriosis.
– I was very surprised. More than anything, he is one of the kindest, kindest and most gentle people in politics. He also has a unique record of passing laws that help those most vulnerable, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a TV interview.
– It’s a dark and shocking day. The whole country will feel acutely, maybe even more so because we have had enough of it here before, UK Labor leader Keir Starmer said in a statement. statement.
Two former prime ministers Theresa May and Tony Blair were also surprised.
– Surprised and scared
– So heartbreaking to hear Sir David Amess died. A good man and respected member of parliament was killed in his own local neighborhood while performing his public duties. A tragic day for democracy. My thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family, writes May Indonesia.
– I am shocked and horrified by the murder of David Amess. My deepest sympathies and condolences go to his wife Julia and the entire family. David and I entered Parliament together in 1983. Even though we had opposing political sides, he was always polite, courteous and a well-liked colleague who was respected throughout Parliament. This is a terrible and sad day for our democracy, writes Blair Indonesia.
Just before the Brexit vote in 2016, British Labor Party politician Jo Cox was killed just before he held a similar meeting with his voters. This led to an escalation of security around British politicians.
– Very cowardly
After the murder on Friday, tweeted Widower Cox, Brendan Cox:
– Attacking our elected representatives is an attack on democracy itself. There is no excuse, it can’t be justified. This is just as cowardly, he wrote.
In 2010, another lawmaker, Stephen Timms of the Labor Party, was stabbed at a meeting with voters by a student, who was said to have been radicalized, wrote The Guardian. In 2000, Andrew Pennington, an adviser to MP Nigel Jones, was killed. It happened when he was trying to protect Jones from the man who attacked him with a sword.