Horrific machete attack in #Woolwich: British officials call it terrorism
— Trish (Queen Bossy) (@ExPoleDancer) May 22, 2013
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 22, 2013
A nightmarish scene in southeast London today. A soldier was beheaded in broad daylight by men wielding swords and knives. Two other men were hurt.
Home Secretary Theresa May confirms she has been briefed by MI5 on "sickening and barbaric" incident in #Woolwich
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) May 22, 2013
Yes, it’s jihad.
Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked in the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks near the attack.
Mr Raynsford said the soldier had been returning to the barracks after a day out when he was attacked.
London Ambulance Service said one man, believed to be the victim of the machete attack, had died in the incident and two others were injured, one seriously.
The BBC reported sources had told them the men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack and had filmed carrying it out.
One witness, called James, told LBC radio: “We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers, they were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s, they were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs from him.”
Bone-chilling photos, video, and audio are streaming in through social media:
Woolwich: 2 guys ran someone over, shot him & hacked his head off with a machete Armed police arrived & shot them pic.twitter.com/8LVdnFSJqW
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Brits are shocked and outraged.
This incident in #Woolich sounds absolutely brutal. A British soldier murdered in broad daylight with a machete.
— Ewan Grunwald (@EwanGrunwald) May 22, 2013
— Daniel Jones (@dannysj76) May 22, 2013
Twitchy will continue to monitor and update.
Update: Good heavens.
ITV news has obtained footage of armed terror suspect: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you" http://t.co/G9vaxm9ixA
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— Connor IV (@Actual_CPB) May 22, 2013
Update: Here’s the ITV video clip.
Editor’s note: The title has been edited to correct the spelling of “Woolwich.” (Thanks to reader @einfal)