Citizens who saw the politician, who was also involved in refugee aid, witnessed the insane act. Shortly after noon, the alleged Islamist, who had previously been inconspicuously standing in line, stabbed Amess several times. The man then tried not to flee and allowed himself to be arrested without resistance. Rescue workers fought for the life of the popular politician for another hour – without success.
Scotland Yard has since confirmed that it is now being investigated on suspicion of terrorism. There is a connection to radical Islamism. The suspect Somali is said to have been a lone perpetrator.