Harbi Ali Kullane, a former adviser to the Somali prime minister, said counterterrorism police visited him, according to the Sunday Times. “I feel very traumatized. It’s not something I expected or even dreamed of, ”he is said to have said.
British authorities did not disclose the name of the suspect in the deadly stabbing attack on 69-year-old Conservative MP David Amess on Friday, but British media reported the suspect was Ali Harbi Ali, 25, who is said to be a British citizen of Somali descent.
Amess, a longtime lawmaker, was attacked during a regular meeting with his constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, a town about 62 kilometers east of London.
The Metropolitan Police described the attack as terrorism and said initial investigations suggested “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism”.
It is not known what, if any, the suspect’s connection to Amess.
Police were given additional time to question the suspect, who has yet to be charged. The BBC and others have reported that the suspect was referred to a government program aimed at preventing people from supporting extremism a few years ago, but said he was not of official interest for security services.
Police investigating the murder were looking for two addresses in London on Sunday.
Concerns about the risks to politicians
Friday’s murder has rekindled concerns about the risks politicians run in the line of duty. The attack came five years after Labor MP Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist in her West Yorkshire constituency.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday officials were reviewing security arrangements for lawmakers, but did not believe Amess’ murder should change relations between MPs and their constituents .
“It should never, ever sever the link between an elected official and his democratic role, his responsibility and duty to the people who elected him,” she told Sky News on Sunday.