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London: Man allegedly beheaded by two others, terror attack suspected

Author: PTI
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 23, 2013
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/london-man-allegedly-beheaded-by-two-others-terror-attack-suspected/1119315/

In a suspected terror attack, a person believed to be a British soldier was today beheaded near a barrack here by two reported Islamists who were later shot and wounded by the police.

British police shot and wounded the two assailants, a senior officer said, after reports that a soldier was killed in a Woolwich street near a London army barracks.

"Two men, who we believe from early reports to have been carrying weapons, were shot by police," Commander Simon Letchford said.

10, Downing Street has called a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee after the incident, which Prime Minister David Cameron described as "truly shocking".

Senior police officers are thought to believe the killing was a politically-motivated Islamist terrorist attack and video has emerged that appears to show one of the alleged attackers attempting to justify the pair's actions, the Telegraph reported.

Dozens of weapons - including a number of knives – and pools of blood could be seen on the ground, where a man wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt is said to have been attacked by two men.

According BBC quoting senior Whitehall sources, the people carrying out the attack were heard saying 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great).

Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked on the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Whitehall sources have told the BBC it is "a fair supposition" that the incident was a terrorist incident but police have not commented publicly on the suggestion.

London Ambulance Service confirmed one man had been found dead at the scene.

It said two men had been taken to hospital, one in a serious condition.

One of the men was airlifted from the scene, and another was taken away by road ambulance.

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