Terror: British soldier reportedly beheaded by two men in attack on London street; Update: Video added

posted at 2:01 pm on May 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

A random attack by lunatics? Not quite: The prime minister’s called a meeting of his emergency response team in the aftermath.

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

Sky sources understand that senior police officers believe the killing was likely to be a politically-motivated Islamist terrorist attack.

Dozens of weapons – including a number of knives – and pools of blood could be seen on the ground, where a man wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt is said to have been attacked by two men.

Sky sources say that following their attack, witnesses heard the pair chanting “Allahu akbar” – and asking passers-by to take photographs of them.

This CNN report claims the man was an active-duty soldier, or at least is presumed to be given that he was leaving a barracks when he was attacked. Evidently they hit him with a car to take him down and then, per the Telegraph, beheaded him. Jihadi ritual sacrifice, performed of course with the audience in mind:

Fred Oyat, who saw the incident from the window of his flat, tells Josie Ensor that two black or Middle Eastern men were wondering around the street, walking over the dead body on the floor:

“The two men were shouting,” he says. “They had three knives including a machete and a meat cleaver as well as an old gun.

“The white man was already dead on the floor, his fade covered in blood. He had a big neck wound and his neck was almost off.”

“They seemed to be encouraging people to take photos and waited there until police arrived as if they wanted a fight.

I can’t remember any other attack like that offhand. The M.O. for these degenerates is almost always mass casualties; to target a single person and murder him theatrically is more akin to the taped beheading of Danny Pearl, but I don’t think I’ve heard of them doing that in broad daylight on the street. Typically they kidnap the person first.

Noah Rothman tweeted this pic that he grabbed from ITV. A quote per their post: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

That’s how close bystanders got to the suspects. As far as I know, no one else was attacked even though it took cops 20 minutes to get there; the terrorists were, apparently, intent on killing a soldier. Obvious questions: Was the soldier chosen at random or did they lie in wait for someone in particular? And are there any other members of the cell?

Stand by for updates.

Update: ITV has posted the video of one of these lunatics holding forth after the attack. Click the image to watch.


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Update: ITV’s server is overwhelmed, apparently. If you didn’t get to see the clip, the guy says something to the effect of, “I’m sorry women had to see this but our women have to watch when our nations are attacked.” Then he walks off back towards the victim.

Update: Here’s a YouTube version. “You people will never be safe.”

Update: Good point from Rod Dreher: This guy’s accent strongly suggests he’s homegrown.


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Media narrative blaming ‘youths’ in 5…4…3…2…

JEM on May 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Gang of eight impressed with England’s immigration policies.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

could this be a sick prank? it just seems rather odd.

ChunkyLover on May 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Yay for undocumented 3rd world immigration!

tetriskid on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

More lone Wolves..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Sweet Jesus.

If only someone there was armed.

LASue on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

Let’s not jump to conclusions people….certainly the soldier died of a papercut.

ted c on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Workplace violence. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

kim roy on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Tea Party terrorists again.
This is why they must be monitored and controlled.
(Is / really necessary?)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If only there were some way to understand what motivates such behaviour. I suppose we will never know. Now, let me get my head back into the sand.

Blaise on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

And their motive remains a mystery…

geojed on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

 

You can only see and read this on HA. Priorities I guess.
 
HotAirLib on May 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

rogerb on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Lone wolves?

Demented Anglicans?

But, let’s not crack down on immigration…that’d be wrong.

coldwarrior on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Time to clean’em out, Brits. Get busy or live with them.

garnkikaloid on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

UKIP gets handed a golden opportunity. Hope they take it.

nobar on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

This workplace violence has got to STOP.

Bensonofben on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Has NBC confirmed Tea Party links?

El_Terrible on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

Unpossible. Islam is the Religion of Peace®. They were probably screaming “taxed enough already.” IRS needs to investigate.

rbj on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Oh my God…that poor man. Let’s let more of these filthy people into our country, how about.

ellifint on May 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

“The religion of peace”, my hindquarters.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

There are teabaggers in Britain?

/left

Good Lt on May 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Just think, if this had happened inside the barracks they could classify it as workplace violence!

geojed on May 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Witnesses say the beheading.

Armed witnesses could have stopped it.

aquaviva on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Sicken. They should chop off this guys head.

What’s going to be worse is how the British media is going to try to ‘explain’ why these animals did what they did and the British people shouldn’t judge because that is ‘wrong.’

Lance Murdock on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

May this soldier RIP and prayers for his family and friends.

Good grief.

CoffeeLover on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Self-radicalized lone-wolf knock-off jihadis, right?

farsighted on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Do not think for a minute that decadent Euros will not resort to genocide again as has been their history. The economy is very bad and high publicity incidents like this one can turn Euros back to nationalism on a dime. Multi-culturalism as practiced in Europe will not end well, one way or another.

mwbri on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Obvious right-wing nutjobs. The Brits need Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder to protect them from people like this.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The perps had up-do’s and Kazuo Kawasaki glasses

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

O.K., this being almost beyond comprehension….

..Where in the Fu*ck are people who witnessed this??????

These “passersby” did not do anything????????????????????????

If I would’ve been in a car, I would’ve run them over!!!!
If I would been walking, I would’ve grabbed the first thing
I came across that could be used as a weapon, and USED IT!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The really highlights the severe need for Gun control!!!

/Low Information Boobs

Galt2009 on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

So, UK, how are we feeling about immigration these days?

MTF on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Sure glad there are no guns in the U.K..

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Retaliation in kind would be fitting. At a 1000:1 ratio.

garnkikaloid on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

THe UK has been lost for some time,its a miracle they don’t have events like this on a daily basis.Just imagine a few million muzzies turned loose in the UK with and unarmed citizenry. So many infidels so little time.

rodguy911 on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

But the YouTube Video guy is in jail…..
WTF?

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

Further analysis and it actually was “I want a candy bar”, nothing here, just a random irrelevant event.

right2bright on May 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Arrgghh!! Bad formatting

The really highlights the severe need for Gun control!!!

/Low Information Boobs

Galt2009 on May 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Twenty minutes for the police to respond in London? And nobody there equipped to defend themselves either because the UK is using 1984 as a how to manual.

NotCoach on May 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

And it took 20 minutes, 20 minutes, for the cops to get there.

Mr. Bingley on May 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Workplace violence. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

kim roy on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Yep. This was a sure indication that it was only workplace violence:

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

As you said, nothing to see here. Move along.

UltimateBob on May 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Being censored in the British press. So far. The press there is far from monolithic liberal as in America and Canada.

pat on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Car control. Knife control. Particularly assault knives like machetes and meat cleavers.

It’s the only answer.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I think all the comments have covered it. Sick sick sick religion. Ship ‘em all back to their countries, so they can fight each other.

kirkill on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Has Sec. Napolitano announced that it was not a terrorist attack yet?

bofh on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

As far as I know, no one else was attacked even though it took cops 20 minutes to get there

And yet liberals insist that peeing on yourself and waiting for the cops is the best self-defense there is. No need for a gun.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

More Sharia Patrols would have prevented this.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Sky sources say that following their attack, witnesses heard the pair chanting “Allahu akbar” – and asking passers-by to take photographs of them.

We must not jump to conclusions here. Could just be workplace violence or something.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

15 years max with no deportation and welfare benefits for him, his 4 wives, and 12 children.

Blake on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Sweet Jesus.

If only someone there was armed.

LASue on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

My thoughts exactly…

JohnGalt23 on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Maybe he saw an offensive movie?

tommer74 on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Enjoy the BBC online report on this. Completely sanitized, it sounds like just a random brutal attack.

Blaise on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Maybe we could send the Brits some of our IRS guys to audit the dead guy. He must have done something.

trigon on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

according to a witness a car crashed into a pole and the two suspects jumped out dragging the soldier to the middle of the road and killed him while shouting…

sounds like an attempted kidnapping, like they had him in the car with them, he fought back and caused the wreck.

equanimous on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Amazing. The BBC hasn’t put terror attack in quotes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

Lance Murdock on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Religion of Pieces

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

White Tea Party people right?

Wouldn’t you had wished the solder was armed.

Oil Can on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

to target a single person and murder him theatrically is more akin to the taped beheading of Danny Pearl, but I don’t think I’ve heard of them doing that in broad daylight on the street. Typically they kidnap the person first.

Who are they going to fear, President Coward and Prime Minister Wimpy?

fogw on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

And it took 20 minutes, 20 minutes, for the cops to get there.
Mr. Bingley on May 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

.
“‘ello.What’s all this then?”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

England threw wide the doors of immigration.

vityas on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The original report on this event said they were black immigrants and proclaimed “God is great!”

Not one jot or tiddle about mohammedianism.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

If Obama had a son, he would look like that guy with blood all over his hands.

crrr6 on May 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

El_Terrible on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Well they do drink alot of tea over there.

docflash on May 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Sweet Jesus.

Hopefully some day we’ll wake up and realize that we’re dealing with something truly evil, and will begin to act accordingly.

Midas on May 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

O.M.G.

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

He looks kinda cute. I wanna have his babies :)
/lefty girls

El_Terrible on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

17.57 Commander Simon Letchford adds: “I can understand that this incident will cause community concerns…

Given the circumstances, this statement is almost Pythonish.

The MPS will investigate the circumstances that led a man to lose his life and the IPCC, as is routine, will investigate the circumstances in which police discharged their weapons.

Well, thanks goodness for that! We can’t have Bobbies running around needlessly discharging weaponry!

yubley on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

If Americans are disarmed like the Brits, and as liberals want, we can see these same kinds of incidents here.

Does anyone think Middle Eastern jihadis haven’t crossed the border from Mexico? Of course libs will say I’m paranoid, but how many people can tell at a glance who is Latin and who is Arabian?

I understand that Britain just outlawed carrying of knives over a certain size, and are also looking into banning of larges knives used by chefs in restaurants, of all things. So, why didn’t these killers obey the knife laws?

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

The attackers were, allegedly, heard screaming, “Allahu akbar.”

The signal of “workplace violence”. Happens all the time.

And the Brits used to call attacks like this “anti-islamic” attacks, since they gave muzzies a bad name. Yep, the Brits actually tried to push that idiocy some 7 or 8 years ago.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

The panty-waist Brit politicians may be quaking in their boots, but their military folks won’t stand for this, you can bet your sweet arse!

olesparkie on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

He said: ‘I was at home and heard a big bang. I looked out of the window and saw a car had crashed.

‘It was a blue Vauxhall. Then two black guys got out of the car dragging a white guy across the road towards the wall. One of the guys had a knife that looked about a foot long and a machete and the other bloke had a gun.

‘They started slashing him up with the knife and hitting him in the stomach with the machete. I don’t think it took long before he was dead. There were people passing by who were screaming and running away. I’ve never seen anything like it.

‘I’m still really shaken up. When he was dead, they dragged him out into the road and left him there.

‘It was strange, they didn’t run off, they just stood there as if they were waiting for the police.

‘It must’ve taken about 20 minutes for the police to arrive, I think it must’ve been because they were waiting for armed police.

‘The police officers got out of the car and the two black men ran towards them with the gun.

‘The police shot them. They fell to the ground. Then a helicopter landed. Think it must’ve been an air ambulance.

‘The paramedics got out and I think they were working on the two men to try and keep them alive.

equanimous on May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

liveleak has the video from itv: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d0f_1369235265

kastor on May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

time for the soccer hooligans to organize…

affenhauer on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

There seems to be some sort of pattern emerging … Gee, if only we could decipher all of the completely disconnected clues …

Pork-Chop on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

kastor on May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I’m not watching any videos. The still is bad enough.

NotCoach on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Where’s the BDL when you need them? Look at all the people standing around and no one could help the victims???

Blake on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

As far as I know, no one else was attacked even though it took cops 20 minutes to get there;

Since they didn’t have firearms, maybe all the bystanders wet their pants in order to protect themselves. I’ve heard rumor that works in Colorado.

Dusty on May 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Sweet Jesus.

If only someone there was armed.

LASue on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I did not see your response before typing mine. Weird. Or not.

Midas on May 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

If Obama had a son, he would look like that guy with blood all over his hands.

crrr6 on May 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Have you heard the latest in the Zimmerman case? Prosecutor admits a witness verified Georg’s report that Trayvon attacked him.

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Fred Oyat, who saw the incident from the window of his flat,

And who, since he lives in a “civilized” nation, was not armed and therefore could only watch.

Odysseus on May 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

The panty-waist Brit politicians may be quaking in their boots, but their military folks won’t stand for this, you can bet your sweet arse!

olesparkie on May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

What can they do? The entire society has been conditioned to be victims. Defend yourself you will go to prison.

Blake on May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

liveleak has the video from itv: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d0f_1369235265

kastor on May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

WTF. Watch the video it isnt gruesome. The murdering mohammedian thug talks into the camera justifying his actions. There are people just milling around not helping or doing anything.

Britain is full of pussified idiots.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Being censored in the British press. So far. The press there is far from monolithic liberal as in America and Canada.

pat on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM\

See UKDM report above.

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Have you heard the latest in the Zimmerman case? Prosecutor admits a witness verified Georg’s report that Trayvon attacked him.

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I have not heard that.

I wonder why.

Midas on May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Anything like that happen here in the states, they’d be carrying 3 bodies to the morgue. Two of them riddled with bullets by concerned citizens.

ButterflyDragon on May 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

It’s war.

ronsfi on May 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The first person that steps in front of a camera and starts up the whole “diversity is strength” mantra needs to be kicked into a coma.

Dack Thrombosis on May 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Come to Texas and try this, azzhole. You don’t have quite the same leeway as you do with an unarmed population. The cops would have to use DNA identification to figure out who you were.

michaelo on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Salmon Rushdie was exactly right, Satanic.

kirkill on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

WTF. Watch the video it isnt gruesome. The murdering mohammedian thug talks into the camera justifying his actions. There are people just milling around not helping or doing anything.

Britain is full of pussified idiots.

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

True, so is the USA…

yubley on May 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

How do those proposed gun laws look now Piers? England is such a docile country without guns.

Tater Salad on May 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

A bit shocking that no one bothered to stop the attackers. Surrounded by people, but they’re all just spectators.

El_Terrible on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

All I can think is, where is my .40?

ronsfi on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Maybe they can get tough on knives in the UK. It would have saved this man’s life.

/

tom daschle concerned on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Double OMG.

Go to the UKDM link for the video. Nothing gross on it except for the man with bloody hands holding a knife and saying “You will never be safe.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2329089/Woolwich-attack-Two-men-hack-soldier-wearing-Help-Heroes-T-shirt-death-machetes-suspected-terror-attack.html

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Anything like that happen here in the states, they’d be carrying 3 bodies to the morgue. Two of them riddled with bullets by concerned citizens.

ButterflyDragon on May 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Perhaps. Maybe it depends on where it occurs. Army base (Major Hassan still breathes)? Gun-free zone (Aurora shooter still breathes)?

Midas on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Come to Texas and try this, azzhole. You don’t have quite the same leeway as you do with an unarmed population. The cops would have to use DNA identification to figure out who you were.

michaelo on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

It wouldn’t be the cops, ……he would have been blown to pieces before they got there.

Tater Salad on May 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Not-so-fun fact;

During the “Troubles” in Noerthern Ireland British soldiers were issued concealable pistols ()Walther PP. 32s being the most common) for carry when off-suty outside the barracks and off base. The reason being that the IRA and INLA had a bad habit of abducting British servicemen and holding them hostage while demanding release of “political prisoners” from Long Kesh. In the end, the hostage was killed nine times out of ten, regardless. The pistol at least gave the troop a chance to escape, or at the very least prevent the kidnap and take a couple of Provos with him.

When Tony Blair moved to outlaw all civilian firearms ownership after Dunblane, among the reasons he cited for it was “To prevent London from becoming as unsafe as Belfast“.

Heckuva job, Tony.

I wonder what Cameron & Co. will do for an encore?

clear ether

eon

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