Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock and Fear at Murder on Street; Soldier Said to Be Victim of Cruel Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock and Fear at Murder on Street; Soldier Said to Be Victim of Cruel Attack

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Byline: David Lucas

TERRORISM returned to the streets of London yesterday as two suspected Muslim fanatics butchered a man in broad daylight in the name of "Allah".

One of the attackers behind the barbaric killing, near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, was filmed wielding a bloodied meat cleaver, saying: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."

Security has been stepped up at military barracks across London, as eyewitnesses and others close to the area said the victim, pronounced dead immediately, was a serving British soldier.

He had apparently been waring a Help for Heroes shirt.

Metropolitan Police officers called to the terrifying scenes opened fire and shot the attackers, who were rushed to nearby hospitals, where one is said to be in a serious condition.

Prime Minister David Cameron last night described the attack as "truly shocking" while the Home Secretary Theresa May said it was "sickening and barbaric".

After it became clear through eyewitness accounts that the attackers had political and religious motives, the Government held a so-called Cobra emergency response meeting.

In a chilling development, footage emerged of one of the suspected killers, apparently explaining his terrifying actions.

In the clip, obtained by ITV News, he is heard to say: "We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

"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." The attacker, who spoke clear English without a foreign accent, is then seen walking towards the victim, who is lying in the street. Another man is standing by a car that has collided with a road sign.

Later it was revealed that the car had been driven at the victim, knocking him down, before the attackers got out and launched their horrendous attack. …

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