Shocking Beheading on the Street in England
The victim of Wednesday's brutal attack in London was Lee Rigby, a husband and father of a 2-year-old son.
Drummer Rigby, a keen football fan who followed Manchester United FC, was just starting his Army career and had recently fought in Afghanistan with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Tonight, U.S. President Barack Obama offered his support to Britain, saying: 'The United States stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror.
Full story at Daily Mail.
London Killer Identified
The Evening Standard reports:
One of the Woolwich killers is a British citizen of Nigerian descent who became obsessed with Islamic extremism as a schoolboy, it was revealed today.
Former classmates of Michael Adebolajo told the Standard how he started becoming interested in Islam aged 15 or 16 having been raised as a Christian.
They said his Nigerian parents became so worried about his behaviour that they moved him from their home in Romford to London in a bid to protect him from being radicalised.
Today anti-terror police raided addresses in London, Lincolnshire and in Romford and took away members of his family for questioning.
Both killers of the British soldier who was hacked to death in the street in Woolwich yesterday were revealed today as known to MI5 but are thought to have acted alone.
Brave Mother Confronted Killer at Scene of Crime
A chilling account of a British woman who held the machete-wielding Muslim thug in coversation until the police arrived:
After finding no pulse on the victim, she looked up to see one attacker standing over her with "what looked like butcher’s tools".
“So I thought 'OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else," Loyau-Kennett, 48, told The Telegraph.
"I thought these people usually have a message so I said 'what do you want?
“I asked him if he did it and he said yes and I said why? And he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries, he said he was a British soldier and I said really and he said 'I killed him because he killed Muslims and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan they have nothing to do there.”
Full story at New York Post.
Shocking Beheading in Woolwich
LONDON (AP) — A brazen, brutal attack near a military barracks in London on Wednesday afternoon left one man dead and two suspects in the hospital. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack appeared to be terror-related.
The attack occurred in the southeast London neighborhood of Woolwich, just a few blocks from the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Two men reportedly attacked another man. Witnesses said the two men were shot by police and a number of weapons — including butchers' knives — could be seen on the street, which was splattered by blood.
French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a press conference in Paris with Cameron, said it was a British soldier who was killed. Cameron didn't immediately confirm that fact but the Britain's Ministry of Defense said it was urgently investigating the attack.
Cameron did say said there were "strong indications" it was a terrorist incident.
"We have suffered these attacks before, we have always beaten them back," Cameron said. "We will not be cowed, we will never buckle."
Live television images of the scene showed a trail of blood staining a pavement, cordoned off streets and crime scene investigators marking the scene.
The British Cabinet's emergency committee immediately called a meeting and the prime minister's Downing Street office said security was stepped up at barracks across London.
Commander Simon Letchford said one man was found dead and two men were shot by police and taken to separate London hospitals.
One of the men was in serious condition, according to London Ambulance Service.
Fred Oyat, a 44-year-old who lives in a high-rise near where the attack occurred, said he heard four gun shots and then went straight to the window.
"I saw one man lying there bleeding, another lying on the pavement being disarmed. A policeman was pointing a gun at him. A third man was lying further up the street ... he was bleeding profusely," Oyat said. "There were four knives on the ground — big kitchen knives. The knives were very bloody."
Cameron's office said he was cutting short his Paris trip to return to London and he would chair another emergency committee meeting Thursday.
David Dixon, head teacher of a nearby primary school, saw a body lying in the road outside and said police told him there was a serious incident. He told the BBC he then made sure children were inside and put the school into a lockdown mode. He said he then heard shots fired.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is called in when officers are involved in shootings, confirmed that it is investigating the incident.
The barracks — which house a number of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and independent companies of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards — were the site of shooting events during the 2012 London Olympics.
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