Dover migrant center attack motivated by ‘terrorist ideology’, police say

Dover migrant center attack motivated by ‘terrorist ideology’, police say


LONDON – British police said on Saturday that evidence showed “extreme right-wing motives” behind last week’s attack on an immigration center on the English coast, describing it as a “terrorist incident”.

On October 30, a 66-year-old man hurled at least two petrol bombs at the walls of a migrant center near the port city of Dover, an arrival point for many trying to make the short journey across the English Channel to Britain. boats. The attacker was later found died. Authorities have identified him as Andrew Leake.

British counter-terrorism police said they found evidence showing that the man, who had arrived alone in a car, had thrown “a number of crude incendiary devices” outside “motivated by a terrorist ideology”. While the agency said the investigation was ongoing, it added there was no indication he had accomplices.

A statement Saturday said investigators spoke with witnesses and recovered items, including digital devices. “An examination of these items indicates that there were far-right motives behind the attack,” it said, without elaborating further on the evidence.

Two people were slightly injured and around 700 migrants had to be evacuated Manston in southeast England, where another migrant center came under new surveillance this week.

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The girl’s cry for help, which was thrown from the overcrowded center of Manston, became the latest flash point in a heated debate over Britain’s immigration policy. “Please help us,” the letter reads.

The British government has sought to crack down on arrivals and smugglers seeking refuge in shipping containers or rickety ferries. english channel From France, a route that has proven sometimes fatal. But officials have been criticized for the policy, including attempted deportations people in Rwanda to file their asylum claims.

The concerns of the British people after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union in 2016 home immigration has been dropped from the list of urgent problems facing the country. But this year the number of people was detained crossing the channel has increased, and channel crossings have fueled post-Brexit tensions between France and Britain.

A police official at the latest attack near Dover had said the suspect was “probably motivated by some form of hateful protest.”

British advocacy group Hope Not Hate said it retained now-deleted social media posts in which the attacker expressed violent, anti-immigrant sentiments, such as writing that he hoped to “destroy their Muslim children”.

“While there are strong indications that mental health may have been a factor, I am satisfied that the suspect’s actions were largely driven by extremist ideology,” Tim Jacques, senior national co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing, said on Saturday.

in july British intelligence Chief Ken McCallum said investigations into people with racist, neo-Nazi or related ideological motivations made up about 20 per cent of terrorism cases, adding that many of them were young people.

Carla Adam contributed to this report.

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