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.