The father of the suspect in the fatal stabbing of Tory MP Sir David Ames has said he feels “hurt” by his son’s arrest.
Police are yet to reveal the official name of the person who was taken into custody on Friday after the murder of the veteran MP.
But Herbie Ali Kulne said her 25-year-old son Ali Herbie Ali was being taken into police custody.
The BBC and several other news outlets have also named the same man as the suspect in custody.
Mr Kulne, who was said to be a former adviser to the Prime Minister of Somalia, told The Sunday Times: “I feel so hurt. It’s not something I expected or even dreamed of.”
He said police from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit had come to meet him.
Police said on Friday that a 25-year-old man was immediately arrested from the spot on suspicion of murder.
He is believed to be a British national of Somali heritage and is being held at the London Police Station.
On Saturday, investigators were granted further custody warrants, which allow detectives to hold on to the man until October 22.
The Metropolitan Police declared the incident an act of terrorism, with preliminary investigations revealing “a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism”.
The investigation is believed to be an Islamic extremist motive for the attack.
But it is understood that the suspect was not and was not previously a subject of interest to security services.
However, multiple media reports state that the suspect has the same details as a person previously referred to Prevent, although there has been no official confirmation as to whether this is the case.
As part of the investigation, officers are conducting searches at three addresses in and around London. Now a search has been completed.
Sir David, 69, who had been MP since 1983, was meeting constituents at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leh-on-Sea on Friday afternoon when he was stabbed multiple times.
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