Harbi Ali Kullane, the father of the man suspected of killing Sir David Amess “despises” terorrists after being targeted himself by Muslim extremists in Somalia, it is reported.
The father of the man suspected of killing Sir David Amess “despises” terrorists having been reportedly targeted himself by Muslim extremists in Somalia.
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is being questioned by police over the death of the MP for Southend West who was stabbed 17 times last Friday as he held a constituency surgery.
While detectives are analysing all possible theories it appears as though the father of the suspect, Harbi Ali Kullane, had a hatred of terrorists having reportedly received death threats himself.
Mr Ali Kullane had worked for the Somalian prime minister as a spin doctor before fleeing to the UK in the 1990s, shortly before Ali was born in 1996 in Southwark, it is reported.
He is described by friends as a moderate Muslim and he and his wife had three other children who went to a Church of England primary school in south London.
A security source told the Telegraph: “He (Harbi Ali Kullane) himself despises terrorists.
“He was quite involved in countering al-Shabaab’s message in his role as comms director, and he received death threats from them for doing so, which is common for anyone involved in a high-profile position in the government.”
Ali’s parents are believed to have split up when he was still young and his father returned to Somalia.
Counter-terrorism police have reportedly spoken to Mr Kullane about his son and are said to have examined his phone to see if it offers any explanation into any potential motives for the Sir David’s killing.
At the same time, detectives looking at why Sir David in particular was targeted, are considering whether it was purely a random attack as the suspect was able to get a face-to-face meeting with the MP.
A government insider told the Telegraph: “He was unlucky. He was not targeted because of his political party. David Amess was not specifically targeted.”