British Conservative politician stabbed to death declared “terrorist incident”

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The fatal stabbing by a British lawmaker on Friday is declared a terrorist incident and will be investigated as such with a potential link to Islamic extremism, authorities said.

The investigation into the death of David Amess, 69, will be led by the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police, the agency on Friday.

This is an undated photo released by the UK Parliament of Tory MP David Amess.
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This is an undated photo released by the UK Parliament of Tory MP David Amess.
(Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament via AP)

Amess was speaking at a Methodist church in Essex when a man entered and stabbed him, authorities said. Police arrived after 12:05 p.m. local time and arrested a man for stabbing him.

Amess was stabbed multiple times and died at the scene. The suspect, an unidentified 25-year-old man, is being taken into custody in Essex.

“It is believed he acted alone and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time,” police said.

Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where Tory MP Sir David Amess was repeatedly stabbed

Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where Tory MP Sir David Amess was repeatedly stabbed
(Yui Mok / PA via AP)

Investigators were conducting searches at two addresses in the London area in connection with the murder, police said.

Amess was part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative party. He had been an MP since 1983 and a member of his current constituency – Southend West in Essex – since 1997.

In a tweet, Johnson called Amess “the nicest, kindest, sweetest people in politics.”

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“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and its future,” Johnson said in a video accompanying the tweet. “Today we have lost an excellent public servant and a beloved friend and colleague.”

The murder came five years after another UK Member of Parliament, or Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, was killed by a man of white supremacist views. Cox, 41, a Labor Party member, was shot and stabbed in June 2016 outside a library where she was due to meet with her constituency.

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