Last Sunday, several incendiary devices were thrown at a reception center for migrants. Two officers were slightly injured and 700 migrants had to be temporarily escorted to another location.
The incendiary attack on a migrant reception center in Dover, southern England, last Sunday is a “act of terrorism“, the British anti-terrorist police responsible for the investigation announced on Saturday.
“Having reviewed the evidence gathered so far, and while there is strong evidence that (the suspect’s) mental health is certainly a factor, I am satisfied that the suspect’s actions were primarily motivated by ideological extremism, which meets the definition of an act of terrorism.Tim Jacques, senior UK counter-terrorism police officer, was quoted as saying in a press release.
Last Sunday around At 11:20 GMT, several incendiary devices were thrown at a migrant reception center in Dover. The suspect had arrived alone by car before launching the devices. Two officers were slightly injured and 700 migrants had to be temporarily escorted to another location.
Record migrant arrivals
The attack comes as Britain records a record number of migrants arriving on the country’s southern shores in small boats, with almost 40,000 having already crossed the perilous channel since the start of the year, far more than in all of 2021.
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The suspect, Andrew Leak, a 66-year-old man who lives in High Wycombe, north-west London, was found dead in his car shortly after the attack. According to the British press, he would have ended his life, which the authorities have not yet officially confirmed.
The elements of the survey collected so farsuggests that there was a far-right motivation behind this attack“Explains the anti-terrorist police in its press release. “There is currently no indication that the man involved was working with anyone else and there is no indication of a wider threat at this time.” says the police again.