The British police announced that the attack on the immigration center was a terrorist incident
LONDON, (Reuters) – British police said on Saturday that evidence would show that far-right terrorist ideology motivated the Oct. 30 petrol bomb attack on an immigration center in the southern English port city of Dover.
No one was seriously injured in the incident and police said 66-year-old Andrew Leek, who was found dead at a nearby service station shortly after the attack, appeared to have acted alone.
“There is currently nothing to suggest that the offender was working alongside anyone else and it is not believed that there is a wider threat to the public,” police said in a statement.
The Dover immigration facility is the first stop for thousands of people making the perilous journey across the English Channel to seek asylum in Britain.
Evidence from digital media devices suggests that Leek was motivated by far-right ideology, although there are also strong indications that Leek’s mental health was a factor in the attack, police said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.
“I am satisfied that the suspect’s actions were mainly motivated by extremist ideology. This meets the threshold of a terrorist incident,” said Tim Jacques, senior national counterterrorism coordinator.
Immigration is a hot political issue in Britain.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Britain was a compassionate and welcoming place for asylum seekers, but it depended on the country being able to police its borders effectively.
Sunak’s interior minister, Suella Braverman, has come under heavy criticism for describing the arrival of asylum seekers as an invasion.
Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Toby Chopra and Helen Popper
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