A bizarre and grotesque public murder took place in Woolwich, England today. Two men attacked and killed a soldier, unprovoked, as far as we know, with machetes and knives. Witnesses said that the victim was beheaded.
The anti-Islam, militant right-wing group English Defence League gathered by a train station near the site of the Woolwich attack. Riot police created a cordon to contain the group, many of whom were wearing masks.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson addressed the crowd, saying: "We have got weak leadership. They have allowed this to happen. People are scared to say the word Muslim. They are scared to offend them.
"You know what? We are offended. People in this country are angry. They have had enough."
The horrific attack in Woolwich has been universally condemned including by the Muslim Council of Britain:
"This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family....This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom. We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail."
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband expressed outrage:
"This is a truly appalling murder which will shock the entire country. All of my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. The British people will be horrified by what has happened in Woolwich. They will be united in believing that this terror on our streets cannot be allowed to stand. The Labour party will offer the government our complete support in establishing the facts of what happened and ensuring that those responsible face the full force of British justice."
A bizarre and grotesque public murder took place in Woolwich, England today. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that there were strong indications that this was a terrorist attack. Two men attacked and killed a soldier, unprovoked, as far as we know, with machetes and knives. Witnesses said that the victim was beheaded. Two other men were attacked, but not killed. The attack took place on the street in public. The attackers have been shot by authorities, and are being held. The strangest part of all is that the attackers, far from trying to get away, have been welcoming public attention. One of them gave a short interview while still covered in blood. The slain soldier can be seen lying on the street behind him. WARNING: GORE
"I apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our land, women have to see the same. Remove your government, they don't care about you!" the murderer declares.
After talking to the camera, the man walks back towards the body and speaks to passers-by, who, incredibly, don't seem worried about being attacked with the knives the man is still holding. According to the Guardian, the murderers were encouraging people to take pictures of them.
Two women shielded the dying soldier from further attack in an astounding act of bravery, while they waited for authorities to arrive. The police drew criticism for not arriving for 20 minutes after the attack.
British Prime Minister Dave Cameron called an immediate meeting of COBRA, his crisis response team.
We will update this story as more details come to light.