A British member of parliament was killed on Friday after being stabbed multiple times at a church, police said on Saturday, saying it was a terrorist attack.
David Ames, 69, was a member of the Conservative Party and represented Southend West in Essex, England. Officials said he was attacked on Friday while visiting constituencies in his home district in the southeastern UK.
In a statement on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said their investigation was in its early stages, but it has “revealed a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Ames “one of the kindest, nicest and gentlest people in politics” and noted his efforts to end cruelty to animals. “All our hearts are filled with shock and sadness today at the passing of Sir David Ames,” Johnson said.
Police have identified 25-year-old suspect Ali Herbie Ali, who is in custody. The BBC reported that the man of Somali heritage was first sent to prevent. Prevent is an anti-terrorism program in the UK designed to remove people at risk of being recruited by extremist groups [[ ]]. It is not clear how long Ali was on the show.
AIIMS, who had been a Member of Parliament since 1983, was married and had five children.
Ames is the second member of parliament to be killed in five years. Five years ago, Joe Cox was assassinated by one of his constituents, a far-right extremist.
Some information in this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.