Video from ITV News shows one of two alleged attackers, with blood-stained hands and holding a machete, explaining the motivation for the crime. In it he says, “We swear by Almighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. The only reasons we killed this man is because Muslims are dying daily. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. We apologize that woman had to see this today, but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.”
A man, reported to be a British soldier, was attacked and killed by knife-wielding assailants on a London street in broad daylight Wednesday in what is being investigated as an ideologically motivated terror attack.
Eyewitnesses told ITV News that two attackers were later shot by officers, and described the victim as being chopped like a “piece of meat.”
Prime Minister David Cameron, on a trip to Paris, said there were “strong indications” it was a terror attack.
“It is the most appalling crime,” told reporters. “Tonight our thoughts should be with the victim and their families and friends.
People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack. We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them.”
The two suspects were being treated at separate London hospitals, police said.
A senior British security source said the killing appeared to be “ideologically motivated.