The British Police have identified as Ali Harbi Ali to the 25-year-old man who on Friday murdered Conservative MP David Amess when he served his constituents in a church in Leigh-on-Sea, in the east of England, the BBC reported this Sunday.
The suspect, Briton of Somali origin, has been arrested under the Terrorism Act of 2000, since the agents consider that his attack could have a “terrorist motivation”.
The London Metropolitan Police (Met), which has officially declared the event a “terrorism incident”, will be able to interrogate the young man until October 22, after obtaining a judicial extension on Saturday.
The BBC explains that Ali Harbi Ali was referred a few years ago to the national Prevent program for the prevention of terrorism, to which people in danger of being radicalized are sent, on a voluntary basis.
However, the public channel clarifies that he spent little time there and never part of any list of subjects of interest of the secret services.
As part of the investigation, the Police have carried out searches at three London addresses and on Saturday an autopsy was carried out on the deceased, who died at the crime scene after receiving several stab wounds.
The British political class and the Muslim community have united in rejection to the murder of Amess, 69, married with five children, who was well liked in his constituency for his support of local causes.