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Murder of British MP puts spotlight on safety and constituency politics

British MP David Amess was stabbed several times with a knife while meeting his constituents in a church.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Police in Britain have officially declared the killing of a Member of Parliament a "terrorist incident", claiming that initial investigations revealed "Islamist extremism as a potential motivation".

Mr David Amess, a 69-year-old MP from the ruling Conservative party, was stabbed several times with a knife while meeting his constituents in a church in the town of Leigh-on-Sea, east of London.

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