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Saturday 04th December 2021,
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Woolwich attack: ‘Soldier’ wearing Help for Heroes t-shirt hacked to death in broad daylight

Armed police called to the scene near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich shot and injured two alleged suspect

Armed police called to the scene near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich shot and injured two alleged suspect [viralpullquote ]Armed police called to the scene near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich shot and injured two alleged suspect[/viralpullquote]

Woolwich attack: ‘Soldier’ wearing Help for Heroes t-shirt hacked to death in broad daylight. A man – believed to be a soldier wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt – was hacked to death in the street today.

Armed police called to the scene near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London, shot and injured two suspects.

Woolwich and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford said both were in a serious condition in hospital.

One witness, identified as James, said he and his partner saw two black men attack the young man with kitchen knives like he was “a piece of meat”.

“They were hacking at this poor guy, literally,” he told LBC. “They were hacking at him, chopping him, cutting him.

Fighting back tears, he added: “These two guys were crazed. They were just animals.

“They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road and left his body there.”

He said that after the “horrendous” attack, the two men, in their 20s, just stood around, waving knives and a gun, even asking people nearby to take pictures of them “as if they wanted to be on TV or something”.

“They were oblivious to anything, they were more worried about having their photo taken, running up and down the road,” he said.

“They had no intention of running off or leaving or anything.

“In my opinion, they were waiting for the police to arrive to be shot by the police. That’s the only thing I can think.

“It’s horrendous what they were doing to that guy.”

Some “brave” women tried to shield the man on the ground from them, he added.

He also said that it was 20 minutes before armed police arrived at the scene.

“When the armed police came flying around the corner, the man with the beanie hat, the tall guy, he charged at the police vehicle,” he said.

“A shot was fired by the other guy with the gun.

“Six shots were fired, both men went down and we now know they are dead as well.”

London Air Ambulance confirmed that one patient was airlifted from the scene, while another was taken away by land ambulance.

Mr Raynsford said he had spoken to both borough commander Richard Wood and Lieutenant Colonel Bob Christopher at Woolwich Barracks.

He said: “The incident occurred early afternoon. One individual is dead, two others are seriously injured and in hospital.

“The circumstances causing the incident are not yet clear. It’s been suggested it was the product of a road traffic accident, but that’s pure speculation.

“I’ll be talking to everyone who is involved, we will be trying to do everything possible to try and ensure calm in the area. People will be very, very shocked.

“We think a serving soldier was the victim. We don’t know the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We do know a number of weapons have been seized. They include a gun, various knives, and a machete, apparently.

“The police clearly had to take action in order to try and arrest these individuals.”

Cheryl Spruce, who lives near the incident, told Sky News that a nearby school was put into “lockdown”.

She said: “The police were telling us to take an alternative route to get to school.

“There were police everywhere. There were 30 to 40 police officers.

“Police officers in each road were stopping people from walking anywhere. It’s mayhem out there at the moment.”

The soldier was ambushed by the two men, one, a Nigerian Jihadist, as he left the Army base in Woolwich, south-east London. They attacked him and then dragged his body into the middle of the road to pose for photographs while standing over him waving a machete and a gun, according to witnesses.

The pair chanted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” “We swear by almighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you.” [viralpullquote ]The pair chanted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” “We swear by almighty Allah, we will never stop fighting you.”[/viralpullquote]

The suspected Nigerian Jihadist was alleged to radicalised by the Islamist group Al Muhajiroun [a banned extremist group] in 2003.
‘He suggested to friends that last year he was stopped or arrested on his way to join Al Shabaab in Somalia another Islamic terror training group.’

Hope For Nigeria condemns this attack and regret the Involvement of a Nigerian in such horrifying and mindless killing of a serving officer of the British army.

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