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British police have declared the killing of Conservative MP David Amis an act of “terror”.
Ames was stabbed several times in a church in Essex while he was having a meeting with voters from his constituency.
The Metropolitan Police said initial indications from the investigations suggested there was a “possible motive linked to Islamic extremism”.
She confirmed that she had arrested a 25-year-old suspect, and had also kept a knife, adding that she was not looking for another person in connection with the incident.
The London police believe that the suspect carried out the attack alone, but investigations are still ongoing into the circumstances of the incident, confirming that the suspect is in their custody.
Official sources told the BBC that the suspect is a British citizen, who is believed to be of Somali descent.
David Amis, 69, has been a member of the House of Commons since 1983 and is the head of a family of four daughters and a son.
This is the second time since 2016 that a British politician has died while meeting voters.
Labor MP Helen Joan Cox was stabbed to death outside a bookstore in West Yorkshire, northern England in 2016.
The Jo Cox Foundation, which bears the name of the late Labor MP, said in a statement that it was appalled upon hearing the news of the stabbing.
“Our thoughts are with David Ames, his family and his loved ones at this difficult time,” the charity added.
The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer, described the killing of Sir David as a “horrific and shocking” incident.
Health Minister David Amis mourned, saying that he was “a great man, a great friend, and a great representative, who died while playing his Democratic role.”
Sir David, MP for Southend West, was in a regular meeting with his constituents discussing their demands before he was stabbed.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsey Hoyle, said: “The impact of this incident will be felt in Parliament and throughout the country.”
Hoyle said he was shocked to hear the news of the killing of a “beloved man”, adding that the coming days could see a review of parliament’s security.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed “deep sadness” and described Sir David as “a devoted servant of the common good”.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said it had been “a very difficult day in British politics”.
Who is David Amis?
David Amis was a Conservative MP for nearly forty years without holding a cabinet position.
Sir David entered Parliament in 1983 as an MP for Basildon, Essex.
David retained the seat in 1992, but became an MP for a nearby constituency, Southend West, in the 1997 election.
David was known to be socially conservative, a prominent opponent of abortion, and an advocate for animal welfare issues.