Two Muslim men attempted to behead a British soldier yesterday, hacking at him like a “piece of meat,” in front of dozens of witnesses, before they were shot by police – who took 20 minutes to respond.
The London killing is the first terrorist murder on the British mainland since the 7/7 suicide bombings in 2005. After the killing, one of the men, believed to be a British-born Muslim convert, spoke calmly to a witness who recorded it.
Shouting “Allah akbar!” (God is great) the murderers ran over the 20-year-old soldier with their car as he walked back to his duty station. They quickly set about him with knives and a meat cleaver as if they were “trying to remove organs.” An unconfirmed report claims the service-member had been beheaded.
Compounding the chaos, it took police around 20 minutes to respond because those on scene were unarmed. After the killers calmly walked up and down the road brandishing their bloody knives, law enforcement finally arrived with guns. The Jihadists’ rushed towards the police and were subsequently shot and killed – reportedly by a female officer.