Dover firebomb attack
|Dover firebomb attack|
|Location||Dover, Kent, England|
|Date||30 October 2022 |
After the attack, the suspect, a 66-year-old man from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, drove to a nearby petrol station where he killed himself.
Around 11:20 GMT on 30 October 2022, a man drove a white Seat Tarraco to the Border Force centre in Dover, Kent, and threw two or three petrol bombs at the complex. One of the bombs failed to ignite. A witness stated that the attacker then drove to a petrol station and tied a noose around his neck and attached it to a metal pole before driving off, killing himself.
Kent Police said that two or three devices had been thrown into a Home Office establishment and that investigations were ongoing. They were unable to confirm that the attacker had killed himself.
An army bomb disposal unit was sent to the site of the attack and to the petrol station on Limekiln Road to examine a suspect vehicle, where another device was found and later made safe by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.
The suspect had posted rants on Facebook against Muslims, asylum seekers, China, and COVID-19. The suspect was found dead shortly after the attack. Counter-terrorism teams have been brought in to investigate him.
On 5 November 2022 Counter Terrorism Police South East announced that it had "recovered evidence that indicates the attack at an immigration centre in Dover on Sunday, 30 October 2022, was motivated by a terrorist ideology" and "there was an extreme right-wing motivation behind the attack".
Counter Terrorism Policing senior national coordinator Tim Jaques said that while there were "strong indications that mental health was likely a factor" he concluded that the "suspect’s actions were primarily driven by an extremist ideology" and these met the "threshold for a terrorist incident".
The suspect was unknown to counter terrorist police and there were no indications he had worked with anyone else.
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