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United Kingdom: Somali Muslim murders MP Sir David Amess

After the murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess, the British police are investigating a possible terrorist and Islamic background to the crime. The 69-year-old MP was killed by an assassin with multiple stab wounds on Friday lunchtime during a citizens' clinic in a church in his constituency in Essex, eastern England. Amess died shortly after the attack despite attempts by doctors to rescue him. The perpetrator is said to have sneaked into the church and waited for him there.

The perpetrator was arrested shortly afterwards. According to the police, it is a 25-year-old man with a British passport. According to media reports citing police information, he is a Muslim of Somali origin.

Amess was viewed across all parties
The country is now in shock. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labor leader Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition, laid wreaths of flowers for Sir David on Saturday. Interior Minister Priti Patel and the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle also came with them with flowers to the crime scene in front of the Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, a small town at the Thames estuary on the North Sea coast.

The conservative David Amess had been a member of the lower house since 1983. He was married and the father of five children. Amess enjoyed great reputation and respect across party lines. After his death, many in statements praised his friendliness and helpfulness. "Our hearts are filled with sadness," said Prime Minister Johnson. Amess was "one of the most polite, nicest and best people in politics". Speaker Hoyle said, "David was a lovely man, serving his family, Parliament and his constituency, Southend West."

The devout Catholic and former teacher was considered a real gentleman. In the press, the Brexit supporter was described as a “robust right wing” and socially conservative. He stood up for the protection of life and against abortion, voted against gay marriage. At the same time he was an avowed opponent of fox hunting and a committed animal rights activist.

Security forces believe there are thousands of Islamists
After the murder, Interior Minister Patel ordered a review of the security conditions for all MPs. The murder of Amess happened five years after the fatal attack on Labor MP Jo Cox, who was shot dead by a right-wing man shortly before the Brexit referendum. In 2010, a Labor MP survived a knife attack by a student affiliated with the Islamist terrorist network Al Qaeda.

In Britain, more than a hundred people have been victims of Islamists in the past two decades. The worst attack took place in London in July 2005, where assassins attacked several buses and an underground train, killing 55 people. In the 2017 terrorist attack on a pop concert in Manchester by a radical Muslim, 23 people were killed and more than a thousand injured. There were several attacks on London Bridge. Security forces believe there are thousands of Islamists and hundreds of violent Islamists on the island.

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