British Government Orders Review of Security Measures After MP Murder
The British government orders a review of security measures for members of the parliament after the stabbing incident of conservative MP David Amess.
The British government ordered a review of safety measures to protect members of parliament after the stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess has been declared by the police as a terrorist incident.
In a statement, the police said that they arrested a 25-year-old suspect and that the investigation led by the Counter Terrorism Policing is in the "very early stages."
On Friday, Amess, 69, was speaking to voters at a church in an east London town when he was stabbed to death.
Several UK media outlets, citing sources, reported that the suspect, a British national with Somali heritage, stabbed Amess multiple times, before sitting down and waiting for police to arrive.
Police said they believed the attacker acted alone, carrying out searches at two addresses in the east London area.
In an act of solidarity, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, alongside the leader of the opposition, Labour leader Keir Starmer, visited the crime scene on Saturday to pay respects, laying floral wreaths outside the church.
Johnson tweeted a photo of the note he left, calling Amess a "fine parliamentarian and a much-loved colleague and friend."
This morning I laid a wreath in memory of Sir David Amess MP, a much loved colleague and friend.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 16, 2021
My thoughts are with his wife, children and friends. pic.twitter.com/GIP6XkzJJe
Britain's politicians were stunned by the highly public attack, which recalled the murder of a pro-EU lawmaker ahead of the Brexit referendum.