A man with a knife has walked up to where British Member of Parliament David Amess, 69, was holding a meeting with his constituency voters at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, south Essex, England, and stabbed him multiple times, causing his death later at the scene despite emergency services carried out on him.
Police said they have arrested a 25-year-old man with a knife on arrival at the scene as a suspect.
The police said about David Amess attack: “He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene. A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”
Suspecting a terrorism motive, the police have declared the attack a “terrorist incident” and said further:
“The investigation is in its very early stages and is being led by officers from the specialist counterterrorism command,” Ben-Julian Harrington told reporters.
“It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he and his cabinet were “deeply shocked and heart-stricken”.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” Johnson said.
The Prime Minister earlier today was joined by Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer to lay flowers at church where MP was murdered in less than 24 hours after he was killed.
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