Following the London attack, a man with bloody hands and holding knives was filmed apparently attempting to justify the assault on a British solder today in the Woolwich section of the city. See embed below.
Two men reportedly attacked and killed the solder near the Royal Artillery Barracks where the soldier was stationed with meat cleavers in broad daylight. The British government is considering it a terrorist attack.
On the video from ITV News, a man who reportedly may be one of the alleged attackers says, “I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.” While the narrator is speaking, the man also seems to be saying “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
Mediaite reports that the man also said, “We swear by Almighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. The only reasons we killed this man is because Muslims are dying daily.”
The victim was reportedly wearing a “Help for Heroes” T-shirt. Witnesses to the London attack described what they saw:
“We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers, they were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s, they were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs from him … These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road.”
Two assailants were shot by responding police and are in the hospital. The BBC reports that “According to senior Whitehall sources the people carrying out the attack were heard to say Allahu Akbar [God is Great], said our political editor.”
Prime Minister David Cameron, who is cutting short his trip to Paris because of this incident, said that “Police are urgently seeking the full facts about this case but there are strong indications it is a terrorist incident … I’ll be returning to London later tonight so I can chair a Cobra meeting again in the morning. Tonight our thoughts should be with the victim, with their family and their friends.”
A Cobra meeting is crisis response committee in the British government chaired by a senior official to coordinate a national emergency situation.