British police: The stabbing death of MP in a church is a 'terrorist attack'

A British Conservative MP was stabbed to death on October 15 in a church.

Congressman David Amess. Photo: RT
Congressman David Amess. Photo: RT

According to Reuters, MP David Amess (69 years old) was attacked on the afternoon of October 15 during a voter meeting at Belfairs Church (town of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, eastern England).

John Lamb, a local councilor at the scene, told Reuters Mr Amess had been stabbed several times.

Armed police immediately stormed the church and arrested a 25-year-old man with a knife as a weapon.

At 3pm on the same day, Essex police confirmed Mr. Amess had passed away.

Ames MP (from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party) became an MP for the first time in 1983. He is married and has five children.

Earlier, Congressman Amess announced on Twitter that he would be at Belfairs Church on Friday. According to RT, British MPs usually hold voter meetings on Friday because they usually have to go to the Westminster office from Monday to Thursday.

Opposition MP Stephen Timms said he was shocked when he heard about the attack on Mr Amess. Mr. Timms was also stabbed during an event in 2010.

According to the latest information, the attack on MP David Amess is considered a terrorist incident by British police. "Preliminary investigation results suggest that there is a potential motive related to Islamic extremism," a London police spokesman said. The Counter Terrorism Service is continuing to investigate the incident.

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