The UK government will review its jihadist follow-up to the murder of MP David Amess

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that the UK government will review the situation of the Prevent program, which aims to identify suspected jihadists in the country following the terrorist attack that killed Conservative MP David Amess last year.

Ali Harbi Ali, a British man of Somali descent who was referred to the program a few years ago, has been identified as responsible for the murder.

The UK government will review its jihadist follow-up to the murder of MP David Amess
The UK government will review its jihadist follow-up to the murder of MP David Amess

“At the moment, the Prevent program is facing an independent review. We had to do it because we not only have to learn from the incidents, but also when it comes to strengthening it,” Patel told Sky News.

“The idea is to fill in the gaps so that our elected representatives can move around safely in their work,” he added.

Currently, the UK police have started a round of contact with all 650 UK MPs this weekend to assess their security measures after the murder.

All MPs will be contacted today by their local police officer to ask for instructions from the Home Secretary about security required, Sky News said.

The review is being conducted as part of Operation Bridger, a nationwide security operation designed to protect police forces to improve the security of MPs that began after the 2016 assassination of Labor MP Jo Cox.

After the operation started five years ago, many MPs were given key chains that connect them to emergency services and panic alarms that they can place in their homes and offices.

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