Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More details on the London atrocity

The Daily Mail has more details on the murder of a young man at the Woolwich in south-east London this morning (NZ time):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.He said: 'It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal. We have launched a murder investigation.'Theresa May tonight called a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee in response to the machete and knife attack on the man who was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt. The Home Secretary said she had been briefed on the killing by the head of MI5 and police later confirmed they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack.Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled a meeting with French President Francois Hollande to return to London. He said Britain has faced similar terror attacks before and added: ‘We will never buckle in the face of it.’Before the dramatic video of the bloodied man was obtained by ITV News, eyewitnesses said the 'crazed' men in their 20s launched a ferocious attack and were 'hacking, chopping and cutting him.' In footage released by ITV News, a man with bloodied hands carrying a knife and a machete addresses people holding a camera, where he appears to attempt to justify the incident. Speaking to those recording the scene he says: 'I apologise that women 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.' In footage obtained by The Sun, he can also be heard saying: 'You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns you think politicians are going to die? There are obvious political overtones to this despicable act. The alleged assailants waited for the police to arrive, then tried to attack them as well. Had this been a simple act of violence, the assailants would most likely have fled; they certainly wouldn't have waited, and asked witnesses to photograph them and film them as they made hate-filled political statements.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the slain soldier, with his colleagues at Woolwich and elsewhere, and with those who will have been traumatised today by witnessing an act of utter brutality. And even as we type this, news reports are coming in of extreme tension and bottle-throwing in the Woolwich area, and of two attacks on mosques in the UK; Sky News reports: English Defence League supporters have thrown missiles at police in Woolwich after a machete attack that left one man dead. A group of between 75 and 100 men gathered at The Queen's Arms pub on Burrage Grove, where they sang nationalistic songs. Sky News correspondent Alistair Bunkall, who is at the scene, said: "As soon as the EDL got into the town centre ... it became not only a lot harder for the police to try and contain anything, but also the aggression (increased) quite considerably. "A few missiles have been thrown, glass bottles and the like. The police are trying to surround them and they've been charging them as well with batons." It came after two men were arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the suspected terrorist incident in Woolwich. A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex. Local MP Brooks Newmark said on this Twitter account: "Local mosque in Braintree attacked by man with knives and incendiary device. Man arrested. No one injured. "Just met with leaders of local mosque in Braintree which was attacked this evening. Thanked local police for their swift response." Essex Police confirmed a 43-year-old from Braintree had been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and attempted arson after the incident in Silks Way at 7.15pm. Meanwhile police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, at 8.40pm. A spokesman said a man was in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.Calm heads are required on both sides of this argument. Further violence or bloodshed will achieve nothing but further hatred.  

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