‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’: What man holding bloody cleaver said after ‘hacking soldier in Help For Heroes T-shirt to death just yards from Woolwich barracks’
Man tells camera: ‘I apologise that women had to witness this today’
Soldier attacked with meat cleavers and knives in Woolwich, SE London
Eyewitness says: ‘They were hacking at him, chopping him, cutting him’
Two suspects waited until police arrived before trying to attack them
Prime Minister David Cameron described the killing as ‘truly shocking’
Cobra meeting hears there are strong indications it was terrorist incident
Suspects used ‘a number of weapons’ in attack, Metropolitan Police say
Muslim Council: Act will no doubt heighten tensions on British streets
By MARK DUELL, ROB COOPER and JAMES RUSH
22 May 2013
A dramatic video tonight emerged of a man with bloodied hands, carrying knives and ranting ‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’, after a serving soldier was hacked to death by two men just 200 yards from an Army barracks.
The man can be seen and heard talking to the camera. The video came as terrified eyewitnesses saw two men shot by police marksmen after the machete attack in Woolwich, south-east London.
The two men are thought to have waited around for 20 minutes until Metropolitan Police officers arrived and then tried to attack them – but were swiftly shot by armed policemen, including a woman.
They apparently shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, which means ‘God is great’ in Arabic, and tried to film the attack, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe tonight confirmed two men had been arrested and officers from the counter-terrorist unit were leading the investigation into the killing.