David Amess suspected killer may have been radicalised through videos, MI5 fears

Sir David Amess’ attacker may have been radicalised watching ­jihadi ­videos on the internet.

MI5 chiefs believe his killer may have been a “lone wolf” with no links to any major terrorist group.

A senior intelligence source said: “This was a planned assassination against a public figure – it has all the hallmarks of a sophisticated terrorist attack.”

They are also probing whether the 25-year-old suspect may have been ­inspired by the bow and arrow ­rampage by a Muslim convert in Norway, or if he ­targeted Sir David because of his links with Israel.

Counter-terror chiefs are also trying to find out the mental state of the suspect, who is British born but of Somali heritage.

The source said: “There was a high degree of ­planning in this ­assassination.

“The killer had a knife, he knew where Sir David was ­going to hold his surgery, and ­crucially he knew that there would be minimal security.

“The key questions are why this target, and why now? Was he ­inspired by a recent terrorist attack – such as the one in Norway?”

But the source added: “Sir David may have been targeted simply ­because the killer knew that he would be a soft target.”

The Southend Tory MP was a married dad-of-five, and had been in Parliament since 1983. He was stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

The 69-year-old was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and a former member of the Conservative Friends of Israel ­organisation. It said it was “shocked and deeply saddened”.

He was also chairman of the Qatar All Party Parliamentary Group. Sources said this link would form part of the inquiry.

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