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Soldier’s Death In London Is Thought To Be A Terrorist Attack

Wed, May 22, 2013 3:26pm EDT by eleanorehl 6 Comments
British Soldier Killed London
Courtesy CNN

A British soldier was attacked and killed by two armed men in London on May 22, and the government is treating the attack as a suspected act of terrorism.

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that the UK government is treating the gruesome murder that happened on a London street as a suspected terrorist attack. A man was hit by a car near the Army barracks on May 22, and then attacked and killed by two men holding meat cleavers. One man holding a meat cleaver is reported to have said: “we swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

Suspected Terrorist Attack Happens In London

David Cameron described the killing as “truly shocking” on Twitter, and he has since called a meeting of the country’s civil emergency committee to discuss authorities’ response, reports CNN. They report that the serving soldier was based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwhich, and it was near here that the crime occurred.

The yet to be named soldier had apparently been on duty and was returning to the barracks when he was attacked.

Witnesses said he was hit by a car, then hacked with cleavers and his body was dumped in the middle of the road. How horrendous.

Witnesses Describe The London Attack

A witness said Michael Atlee told CNN said that he heard gunshots, and when he arrived at the scene there was blood all over the ground. Another witness called Lauren Collins said: “I still am quite shaken at what I’ve seen — I’ve seen a victim of an awful attack, and I’ve seen a body of a young man.”

The two suspects have been taken to hospital after they were shot by a firearms unit. No motivation is yet known.

London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted about the attack on May 22: “This afternoon’s attack in Woolwich is a sickening deluded and unforgivable act of violence. My thoughts are with the victim and his family.”

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— Eleanore Hutch

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