AFP, Released Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:55 pm.
The suspect in the murder of British MP David Ames, described by police as a terrorist, was referred to the National Anti-Terrorism Program, but did not follow suit for a long time, British media reported.
After arresting a 25-year-old man under the Terrorism Act, the judge has until Friday to remand him in custody.
The first elements of the investigation, which was handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Department, revealed that they had conducted a search at three addresses in London, revealing a “possible motive associated with Islamic extremism”.
The BBC reports that the detainee was Ali Harbi Ali, a British national of Somali descent.
In Kendish Town, north London, wearing blue gloves, police set up a tent in front of the two-story brick house they were looking for. Ali is the address given by many media outlets as Harbi Ali’s home.
“Police have been there since Friday,” said a neighbor who was interviewed by AFP. “We know the family, they’re handsome men,” he said, “and they have three sons.”
Benjamin, 47, did not want to be named, and said he was “shocked” by police investigations on his street.
“They were there all day yesterday and I asked if anything had happened, they said, + nothing interesting,” he said, describing the neighborhood page as “very nice, very quiet”.
Tory MP David Ames, 69, a father of five, was stabbed to death just after noon (11:00 GMT) on Friday while receiving his members at a Methodist church in Lee-an-Sew, 37 miles east of London.
The young man arrested on Friday was referred to a prevention program several years ago as a device for people at risk of exacerbation and based on voluntary charity, the BBC reported. The media reported that he would not have been so diligent and was not officially considered an “object of interest” to the National Security Agency.
According to the Sunday Times, police and security services believe the attacker acted alone and was “self-inflicted.” This may have been inspired by al-Shabab, the Islamist affiliate of al-Qaeda in Somalia.
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Ali Harbi Ali’s father, Harbi Ali Gullane, a former adviser to the Somali prime minister, confirmed to the Sunday Times that his son had been detained and that he was “very depressed.”
John Lamb, a local Conservative consultant, told the British media that the young man had been patiently waiting for his turn, and that the MP Leaping over, he was stabbed again and again in front of two MP’s aides.
“I was told he stabbed Sir David and waited in the church hall until the police arrived,” Kevin Buck, vice president of the association, told the constituency on Saturday.
According to the Daily Mail, he had made an appointment a week earlier.
On Saturday evening, hundreds of people carried candles to the playground near the crime scene, paying tribute to a minute of silence in memory of the MP.
As a sign of solidarity, Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labor leader Keer Stormer laid wreaths at the site of the tragedy on Saturday morning.
Boris Johnson released a message praising “the best MP and the most loved colleague and friend”.
Many people, including members of the Muslim community, came to lay bouquets and pay tribute to the victim.
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The assassination re-ignites the recent shock of the June 2016 assassination of Labor MP Joe Cox.
The 41-year-old was shot several times by right-wing militant Thomas Mayer, 53, and a week before the British referendum on EU membership.
Both of these plays call into question the security arrangements surrounding the delegates when interacting with the public.
Home Minister Priti Patel told Skynews that “we need to fill in the gaps” in terms of security.
When asked about providing police protection to delegates in their constituencies, the minister said “all options are currently being considered”. He said “continuous measures” have already been put in place.
650 delegates were contacted by police and police guarded the venues where the parliamentary offices were held on Saturday.
Priti Patel also pointed out that the plan to prevent it is currently under independent review.
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