Ames’ killer was known to British intelligence – VG

Ames' killer was known to British intelligence - VG
People lit candles in memory of David Amis near the church in Les-en-Seas where the vicar was killed.

The man who killed British politician David Amis was known to police and was sent on a counter-extremism programme.


The 25-year-old has been arrested and is being questioned by British police after he stabbed Ames on Friday who met his constituents at a church in the small town of Les-en-Sés.

Police have determined that the killing was an act of terrorism, and they are investigating whether the motive was linked to Islamic extremism. The police anti-terror unit is leading the investigation.

A 25-year-old British citizen of Somali descent has been arrested and charged with murder.


According to the BBC, a few years ago he was sent to Britain’s Prevent program for those who might be at risk of extremism.

He is said to have not been involved in the program for a long time, which is a volunteer program, and has not been officially classified by MI5 as a security threat.

According to the Sunday Times, police believe he acted alone and radicalized on his own, but he may have been inspired by al-Shabab in Somalia.

The man’s father was a former advisor to the Prime Minister of Somalia. He told the Sunday Times he was shocked by what his son had done.

Killed: Sir David Amis was stabbed several times while visiting a church in Les-en-Seas.

Waiting for the police

According to The Sun, the man stabbed Ames multiple times with a knife with two women on Ames’ crew. Then he sat down and waited for the police. The Daily Mail wrote that he booked an appointment with Ames a week in advance.

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On Saturday, many of Ames’ party colleagues chose to hold their election rallies as planned to show that they would not succumb to fear. One of them was Alec Shelbrook, who met voters at a supermarket in his constituency.

We cannot let incidents like this diminish the depth of the relationship between parliamentarians and their constituents, on Twitter.

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