Somalis ‘getting death threats’ over UK MP’s killing

An organisation supporting Somalis living in the UK says its members have been receiving death threats since the killing of British MP Sir David Amess.

Sir David was stabbed multiple times during a regular Friday meeting with his Southend West constituents.

Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man of Somali heritage, is being held under the Terrorism Act over the killing. His father, Harbi Ali Kullane, was previously an adviser to Somalia’s prime minister.

A representative of the Council of Somali organisations (CSO) has told the BBC’s Charlotte Gallagher that Somalis and people of Somali heritage have been receiving death threats since the murder.

Some youth clubs and community centres have also had to close because of threats and people are so scared, says Kahiye Alim.

Mr Alim says that he does not know the suspect’s family but knows of his father because of his previous job with the Somali prime minister.

He added that the Somali community in UK was horrified by the murder.

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