Two London homes are being searched in connection to the murder of MP Sir David Amess in Essex yesterday, reports have said.
Member of Parliament for Southend West Sir Amess, 69, was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex yesterday (15 October).
The ongoing searches of two London addresses comes as police confirmed last night that they were treating the murder of the Conservative MP as a terror attack, the BBC reports.
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The investigation is being led by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command who are working closely with Essex Police and the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit.
Police have said that early investigations have revealed that there is a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.
Authorities believe the knifeman acted alone and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this moment in time.
The suspect remains in custody at a police station in Essex.
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According to reports from The Sun and The Telegraph, Sir Amess was stabbed 17 times.
Shortly afterwards, police arrested the suspect, said to be a 25-year-old British national of Somali origin, and recovered a knife from the scene of the crime.
Colleagues of Sir Amess witnessed the attack, and two female staff members ran outside to raise the alarm.
Emergency services attended to the MP but were unfortunately unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sir Amess had been a Member of Parliament for over 23 years and was a supporter of Brexit and animal rights.
He is the second Member of Parliament to be murdered in five years, after Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in her West Yorkshire constituency in 2016.
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