Security under spotlight after British MP stabbed to death
Veteran Conservative MP David Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church in the small town of Leigh-on-Sea east of London when he was stabbed to death on Friday. Police said they arrested a 25-year-old suspect and were investigating “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.” Police have said the investigation is in the “very early stages,” though multiple UK media outlets, citing sources, reported that the suspect was believed to be a British national with Somali heritage. Britain’s politicians were stunned by the highly public attack, which recalled the murder of a pro-EU lawmaker ahead of the Brexit referendum. In June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist, prompting demands for action against what lawmakers said was “a rising tide” of public abuse and threats against elected representatives. Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater, who became an MP in the same constituency this year, said Amess’ death had left her “scared and frightened.”
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