British political class and the Muslim community united in condemning the murder of Amess

British police have identified 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali as the man who on Friday murdered Conservative MP David Amess, who was meeting with voters at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, east England, the BBC reported.

The suspect, a British of Somali origin, was detained under the 2000 Terrorism Act, as agents believed his attack might have a “terrorist motive”.

The London Metropolitan Police, which defined the situation as a “terror incident”, will be able to question the young man until October 22, after obtaining a judicial extension on Saturday.

The BBC indicated that Ali Harbi Ali was referred a few years ago to the national program Prevent, aimed at preventing terrorism, and voluntarily attended by people in danger of radicalisation.

However, the public jail indicated that it attended this program for a short time, and never included any list of suspects followed with particular attention by the secret services.

As part of the investigation, the police carried out searches of three apartments in London, while on Saturday an autopsy was carried out on the deputy, who died at the scene of the crime after being stabbed several times.

The British political class and the Muslim community united in condemning the murder of Amess, 69, married with five children, well known in his constituency for his support for local causes.

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