Britain Terror Attack

A London soldier was brutally killed in the U.K. last night as part of a harrowing terrorist attack. Lee Rigby, the 25 year-old drummer and father of a 2 year-old, was on active duty when he was reportedly attacked by two assailants at the gate of the Royal Artillery Barracks (location shown above).

The men allegedly hit Rigby with a car before beheading him with meat cleavers and machetes in front of a shellshocked crowd of dozens of civilians.

After the beheading, the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” and demanded that passerbys take video of them. In front of the camera, one of the men, holding knives and a meat cleaver with hands soaked in blood, defended the attack, saying: “We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. Your people will never be safe. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.”

It took the police around twenty minutes to arrive. During that time, the attackers walked up and down the street with their bloody weapons as passerbys confronted them. When the police arrived, the assailants rushed at them. The two men were shot and later taken to a hospital for their injuries.

The story of a UK mom who bravely went toward the victim is getting international attention. She is shown in pictures calmly addressing the attackers, who both had weapons in hand. She was acknowledged by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The gruesome murder was documented on Twitter as passerbys posted the attack in detail as it occurred, with followers reacting in shock and outrage.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    May he rest in peace, where was his partner? People just watched and recorded?

  • EL

    This attack was a murder. The hundreds of far-right white EDL members attacking Mosques with weapons is terrorism.

  • http://gravatar.com/janschild janschild

    Wow, what did the attackers want to prove? An innocent man lost his life for nothing; all this does is make people afraid of or hostile towards Muslims.

  • Anthony

    They both are terrorism in my opinion. The killers did nt know this man, they just knew he was a soldier. Of course, right wing racists are happy to have an excuse for their terroristic violence towards the UK Muslim community.

  • Anthony

    The killers want fear between the communities because that would force Muslims to their side.

  • http://gravatar.com/libpatriot GeekMommaRants

    This was horrible. The murderer gave an interview immediately after the murder. He said in a British accent that those in his country were being mistreated, but he was English. I am curious what made him see himself as not being British

  • Anthony

    By no means am I justifying what he did, but he probably feels alienated due to his religion. I would imagine his race causes alienation also.

  • Anthony

    First, an active terror campaign in Britain old put pressure on a small and very visible minority in a way would make some people feel that they need to chose sides.

    Second, there is a lot of resentment and bitterness among Muslims about American and Israeli military activity in their countries. Black folks aren’t the only people who know how to wear a “mask,” and say the right things in mixed company.

    I don’t think Muslims as a group approve of the be heading in The UK today, but I would say a majority can see where these people are coming from.

  • aziza123

    This is what you get when you keep on fighting with droned that kill thousands of innocent people. Sorry, have bo compassion for soldiers or other cheerleaders of war.

  • aziza123

    And race, and nationality. The killers were nigerian. Throw that in the mix aswell.

  • http://clutchmagazine opiland

    Thank god i’m an atheist.

  • http://gravatar.com/yesimthatleah Yes, I’m That Leah

    I’m not surprised at all by this. I had a feeling these people would start using cars as weapons. London got caught slipping. You’d think they’d have more police on the street after the Boston attack. Smh at 20 minutes.

  • http://gravatar.com/yesimthatleah Yes, I’m That Leah

    But you just thanked God?

  • Lola

    He’s a british born man of nigerian descent. He was raised christian, in a middle class family. He then converted to radical Islam.
    Two wrongs don’t make one right. I am totally against all the US/UK led wars in the middle east. Bush, Blair and all the warmongers should be judged for war crimes and treason. However I feel nothing but disgust for someone who murders a passerby and proudly claim he did if for God with his hands covered of blood. These people make life a lot harder for Muslims living in Europe and give a disastrous image of their religion.

    Let’s not bring race into this incident. It was two black women who laid down next the victim so that he didn’t die alone.

  • Kaeli

    I struggle to understand the hatred in your post. Well you are clearly a cheerleader of murder. I guess as long as you aren’t a soldier or “cheerleader of war” it’s ok. Whatever you reason is for being against war, I am guessing it would also apply to a person walking down the street minding their own business. But I guess not. I guess in your mind it is ok to just walk up to someone and kill them because you don’t like what they represent. Thinking like that is setting a very dangerous precedent. This is why we have the criminal and other justice systems. No one has the right to take justice into their own hands.

  • BloomingLotus

    I will never understand the level of “oh i didn’t know!” attitude on this site. Why are there people making references which imply that they know NOTHING about the story at all when this happened two days ago? Why not read INTERNATIONAL news rather than only news from the USA? Simply google it, read Al Jazeera every now and again, maybe a little bit of the Huffington, some indie news channels, the Guardian, the Gleaner, the BBC (if you must!) I mean the list is endless in terms of news outlets in a variety of languages from around the globe. Why do so many commenters on this site so often seem so clueless as if they are writing from communist China when they are clearly from the U.S. (yes, we all know both places are far more similar than they wish to admit but hey). Anyhow, I do hope people read and appreciate the complexities of this story. Ethnicity, faith and class-based segregation are not particular to the U.S. This is multi layered and the tension on the streets in the UK over the coming days/weeks/months will be VERY real. We are all in one world, sharing one sun and one moon, please take note of the lives of others, the world is not the USA.

  • Kacey

    I’m really disappointed by the people who are semi-defending these two murderers on the grounds that they are correct regarding the attacks by the US, UK and their allies on muslim countries.

    Besides the fact that these two barbarians (yes, that’s what the heck they are) killed a person in cold blood for something he has no power over and probably never participated in, can we talk about the fact that in many of these Arab countries men like the two killers (black Africans) are actually subjugated and enslaved? Slavery is alive and thriving in the Middle East, and guess what shade the slaves are? There is this myth that arabs view blacks as equals under Islam and that maybe what is written, but it’s not what is practiced. Sudan is only the tip of the iceberg. So these guys, who were born and raised in the UK, have no clue what they are even “fighting” for, because if the Jihadists were to achieve world domination, where do you think blacks would fit in their society?

  • Nubiahbella

    Horrible way of dying ,may he rest in peace!

    I am a bit troubled by some elements tho:

    Black African ( although I know he’ s British) are now killing for others ( I know he must not had be in his right mind) but he shouted British are in our Land killing our women ( he was talking about Afghanistan etc…) yet Muslim/Arab are killing Black Africans in Sudan, Mauritania, Niger, Saudi Arabia etc… just because they are Black (those are muslim as much as them).

    I am really confused how some never stand up for their own yet are quick to embrace other people faiths (christianism, Islam etc…) and fight for their causes.

    So apparently Only Black Muslims see other Muslims as brothers/sisters and equals yet others still see us as the bottom of the bottom.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    @ Kacey and Nubiahbella:

    I too am very puzzled as to why blacks fight tooth and nail for a strictly Arab religion. I have heard the argument countless times that Christianity is/was European imperialism in the guise of religion but when it comes to Islam, it miraculously gets a pass from many blacks……….

    I bet you if the two thugs went to Saudi Arabia (Islam’s birthplace) they would flee that country in heartbeat with regards how the Arabs treat blacks.

    SMH

  • SayWhat

    ‘These people’? You realize that to whites there is no difference between you and them right?
    By the way, at one time Christians would have been labeled ‘these people’ as well. Religious conflict is one of the oldest conflicts of mankind, and unfortunately it may have no end….so let us not malign a whole community.

  • jj

    Do not defend them this was a grusome killing there is not justificTion for the evil you maybe didnt see the video they dont represent my race or color because no one in my clan would be guilty of this horror. I dont care if he was black anybody justifying him is a monster just like him.

  • jj

    People on this site Re making excuses for this crime because someone black did it. I only serve one God and either you are on His side or not. If you committed this horrendous crime i care not what color you are you need to be fearful of the wrath of the almighty because you reap what you sow. Anyone who is sympathic no matter what he believes or his motives are holding the machete in their hand and their hands are covered in blood. There is no excuse

  • jj

    I totally agree. There is no excuse for this. Not political reason or philosophy of thought that justifies killing beheading and having blood on your hands in broad daylight it is demonic and incredibly evil. my spirit is greived the spirit of cain is upon him ppl need to b crying out for his soul not to b lost. You cant tell me he was Moved with passion for the crimes committed against muslims this is a lie.this was not a revenge killing but a madman who is defying Gods authority over life and death by taking matters and being blood thirsty for death. Pray for mercy upon his soul. And the family of the deceaced..forgive them father

  • jj

    pls get it straight christianity is not a WHITE religion it is from the jews which is people of brown and white hue.there are Ethiopian jews. Europe didnt invent Christianity ppl let go of the sins of the americas puhleeeeze. Judiasm started in north Africa africa is where all mankind orginated. You are not rejecting west african culture to b a Christian. Arabs had slaves too prob invented it.

  • jj

    It doesnt make me afriad the devil IS a liar

  • SayWhat

    @jj,I refuse to call Muslims ‘them, they or those people’. Trayvon Martin was killed because he was ‘one of those people’, I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
    Bottom line for me is that I can feel sympathy for the dead soldier without calling Muslims ‘them’.

  • Kay

    I saw this a while ago and I was shocked at how this man was standing there, stating his supposed intentions with blood on his hands and still wielding bloody weapons smeared with gore. It chilled me to the bone. I heard the soldier had a two year old boy. My heart aches knowing this child will now grow up without a father.

  • Kay

    You know, I just don’t agree with this statement. As a Black individual, I and everyone I know has been maligned in some way due to race, class, gender etc. But you can’t go out crashing into buildings, shooting people at random, hacking people etc. Like it or not, we all live in this world together, and have to work within it to make it a better place.

  • Kay

    Yes, they are. In fact, the U.S. has been feared and loathed the world over for its policies and practices. I don’t agree with many of our foreign policies or many of the things that our officials do, but I’ll won’t sit down and excuse the murder of an innocent man just because of imperialism. Life is a bit more nuanced and complex than just “our side/their side.”

  • http://gravatar.com/testing2 testing2

    where were the solders at the gate? how come there was not intervention until the police arrived?

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