The attack in John Wilson Street, Woolwich, has been described as a suspected terrorist attack by government sources.
Witnesses have described two men hacking a man with cleavers before
dragging his body into the middle of the street ‘like a piece of meat’.
In the video shown by ITV News during its 6.30 p.m. bulletin and
later posted online, the man, wearing a grey hooded jacket and black
woolly hat, apologizes to people who witnessed the attack.
“We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye and a tooth
for a tooth,” he says to unseen bystanders, as other people stand around
in the background.
“I apologize that women had to witness this today but in our land our women have to see the same.”
The man, who speaks clear English without a hint of a foreign accent,
adds: “You people will never be safe – remove your government, they
don’t care about you.”
One of the killers has been identified as a British Nigerian man
named Michael ‘Muhajud’ Adebolajo, whose father has been identified as
56 year old Nigerian trained nurse named Anthony Adebolajo.
Sources today named one of the suspects as Michael Adebolajo
(pictured below) who, along with his fellow alleged killer, is a British
citizen who converted to a radical form of Islam.
They are not thought to have links to terror groups based in Nigeria, such as the jihadist militant organisation Boko Haram.
The Foreign Office warns of a high threat from terrorism in the West
African nation and raises the prospect of a risk of retaliatory attacks
following the French intervention in Mali.
The other killer may also be Nigerian though he has not been formally identified.