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The fatal stabbing of British lawmaker, Sir David Amess, Friday at a church meeting with constituents has been declared a “terrorist incident,” according to the Metropolitan Police.
The arrested suspect, 25, is of Somali heritage with “potential motivation linked to Islamic extremism,” the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command found early Saturday in its investigation. They believe he acted alone.
Amess, 69, who represented Southend West in Essex as a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, was stabbed to death at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Johnson spoke of his shock and sadness at the loss of “one of the kindest” people in politics.
“[Amess] was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” police said. “A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”
“He was stabbed several times,” John Lamb, a local councilor on the scene, told Reuters.
Amess had represented his area since 1997 and first entered parliament in 1983, Sky News reports.
Christian Concern called on people to “please pray for his family, particularly his wife, Julia, and five children.”
Live Action founder Lila Rose remembered him on Twitter as a “pro-life, pro-natural marriage MP.”
This story will be updated.