Father of suspect arrested in murder of ‘traumatized’ UK MP – .

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The father of a man detained for stabbing a British lawmaker during a meeting with local voters told British media he was shocked and “traumatized” by his son’s arrest, as police continued to report ‘interview the suspect under anti-terrorism laws.
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.

People attend a vigil for Amess, who was stabbed to death during a meeting with voters, at the Civic Center in Southend-on-Sea, in south-eastern England, on Saturday. (Tony O’Brien/Reuters)

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.

Amess, seen here in London in 2015, represented the constituency of Southend West in England. He was stabbed on Friday while holding a regular meeting with voters in the town of Leigh-on-Sea. (Ian West/The Associated Press)

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.

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