"You will never be safe" says man behind barbaric beheading of soldier
Published 22/05/2013 | 19:40
One of the men behind a barbaric terror attack on the streets of London today was filmed wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and saying, "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."
Shocking footage emerged this evening of one of the Woolwich attackers, heavily bloodied and saying: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
The footage, obtained by ITV News, shows the moments after the brutal attack.
It shows the suspect, wearing a dark jacket, jeans and a beanie hat, calmly walking towards the camera with what appears to be two large knives clasped by the handles in his bloodied left hand.
Gesticulating with both hands - while gripping the weapons - the man points to his own face as he says: "We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
Over his shoulder, a group of onlookers can be seen just a few steps from the victim.
Traffic, including an articulated lorry, has stopped on the carriageway, metres from the figure lying in the road.
The suspect, speaking clear English with a London accent, appears to try to justify the attack, saying: "I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same.
"You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."
In an extended excerpt, the man says: "You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start bussin' our guns? You think politicians are going to die?
"No it's going to be the average guy, like you, and your children.
"So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace."
As people stand aghast at the terrifying scene unfolding in front of them, one woman is seen pulling her shopping trolley along behind her, seemingly oblivious to the horror.
As the man finishes addressing a few members of the public, he turns back towards the victim lying on his side in the road. He then talks to a second man. A blue car is parked on the pavement, a short distance from the victim in the road.
It has significant damage to its front, with debris and markings on the walkway.
ITV's footage then cuts to two men being detained by police on the ground nearby, while passers-by mill around just behind them. Some are filming the drama as it unfolds on camera phones before being shepherded away by officers.