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“An eye for an eye”: Soldier beheaded in suspected terror attack in London

“Your people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.” These words were spoken in a video by one of the men involved in the beheading of a soldier in London. The Daily Shift’s Denise O’Donoghue has more…

A man who is thought to have beheaded a soldier in London has boasted of the incident in a video taken at the scene.

In the video he warns Britain to be prepared for more attacks on their nation:

“We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.

We apologise that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same.

Your people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.”

It is thought that the two men tried to film their attack on the soldier while shouting “Allahu Akbar”  which means “God is Great.”

A number of witnesses claim that the deceased man was wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt.

Commander Simon Letchford of the Metropolitan Police has asked the public to “remain calm, and avoid unnecessary speculation” as many reports suggest that it was a terror attack on Britain.

British Prime Minister David Cameron took to Twitter as news of the assault broke:

 

A meeting of the government’s emergency response committee COBRA has taken place and David Cameron is returning to Britain from a meeting in Paris to meet with officials.

Police were called to the scene of a “serious incident” in the Woolwich area of London. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two men knock down a man before leaving the car and attacking him with a machete-style knife.

Police shot the two men at the scene as it is believed that they were carrying numerous weapons. They have been taken to separate hospitals in London for treatment and are both being held under armed guard.

Nick Raynsford, a local MP, says that the man who was killed was a soldier in the nearby barracks, although this is yet to be confirmed.

“What I have heard from both the borough commander and the station commander of the barracks indicate this was a serious incident involving a number of weapons including firearms. I am told that one of the individuals involved in the incident … is a soldier serving in the Army in the barracks.”

Officials at Whitehall are denying that the attack is connected to any intelligence-led operations.

A substantial number of weapons were removed from the scene by police, including a number of knives and at east one firearm.

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement condemning the attack in Woolwich:

“This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly.”

They added that Muslims have always supported the British armed forces and an attack of this nature is “dishonourable”:

“We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces. Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour. This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder.”

Featured image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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About Denise O'Donoghue

I'm a native of Cork City and have a BA in English and Archaeology from UCC. I have many enjoyments which will feature here, including entertainment, literature, theatre, politics, fashion and beauty. If you like what you read then my personal blog can be found at http://thoughtsofadaydreamer.wordpress.com and I am on Twitter compressing into 140 characters my opinions about life, musicals and bad T.V. here: @deniseodonoghue.

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