Footage has emerged showing a man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements after a serving soldier wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt was brutally killed near Woolwich barracks earlier today.
This ITV film shows a man, dressed in a grey hooded jacket, saying: “We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
He added: “I apologise 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.”
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. (Picture: PA)
A few moments later both he and his accomplice were fatally shot by the Metropolitan Police’s Armed Response Unit.
Home Secretary Theresa May has summoned a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee COBRA.
Emerging eye-witness accounts point towards this being a terrorist incident possibly inspired by a extremist ideology.
If so, this would be the first death-causing instance of someone other than the perpetrator since the 7/7 London suicide bombings in 2005.
Mrs May said she had been briefed by the director general of Security Service MI5, Andrew Parker, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe on the “sickening and barbaric” attack.
“It has been confirmed to me that a man has been brutally murdered,” she said. “Two other men were shot by armed police and they are currently receiving treatment for their injuries.”
Speaking in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron said there were “strong indications that this is a terrorist incident”.
The Muslim Council of Britain spoke out this evening, in the strongest possible terms, calling it a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and condemned it unreservedly, adding:
“Our thoughts are with the victim and his family. 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.”
It shouldn’t be forgotten that this sickening atrocity in London is exactly what we are funding the same kind of people to do in Syria – remember the heart-eating Syrian rebel commander last week?
‘Blowback’ – as originally coined by the CIA – simply means unintended negative consequences to a country of its own foreign policy disasters.
Watch the video interview with the murderer before he was later shot: