One dead after sword attack and police gunfire, two more seriously injured.
Police are attending a shooting incident in Woolwich, south east
London, following earlier reports of an assault, Sky sources say.
Dozens of weapons and pools of blood could be seen on the ground in John
Wilson Street, where police were sent at around 2.20pm.
The immediate area has been shut down, with eyewitnesses describing the
incident on Twitter as "horrific".
On its Twitter account, the Metropolitan Police helicopter team called the
Woolwich: 'Soldier Dead After Terror Attack'
This incident has dominated most of the news cycle in Europe over the last 24 hours. In part because of the gruesome nature of the attack, but also because the attackers stayed on scene waiting for the Met to arrive and discussing the attack with passersby and an ITN news crew who happened to be in the area. One has been named as Michael Adebolajo and is believed to be a British citizen of Nigerian descent.
Both he and the other suspect in the Woolwich murder are thought to have converted to a radical form of Islam.
The local community in Woolwich have been quick to condemn the attack/murder, as has the Muslim Council of Great Britain.
Women prepare to lay flowers this morning near the scene of the soldier's murder in Woolwich, south-east London. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters
There has been some comment on this thread about the Met's response times to this incident, the following is an extract from a statement by Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne:
Further update.....14.20 "We first received a 999 call from the public at 14:20hrs stating a man was being attacked". Then "further 999 calls stated that the attackers were in possession of a gun"
14.24 Armed officers ordered to scene14.29 First unarmed officers arrive: "We had officers at the scene within 9 minutes of receiving that first 999 call."
14.34 "Firearms officers were there and dealing with the incident 10 minutes after they were assigned, 14 minutes after the first call to the Met."
Some may recall Mr Boya Dee's eyewitness reports yesterday?
He has some choice words to share today on media attempts to buy his story.
Apologies to all the news reporters i ignored (including you Jon Snow) but I really do not have anything else to say on the matter
Since the incident occurred, I've been offered up to £75k from media outlets for my story. I've turned them all down.
This story is not about ME And doesn't need to be sensationalised anymore by me selling my story for a few bucks
Fair play to him. UPDATE:Finally, all u folk who gave out my number for a few hundred quid have officially been taken off my christmas card list! Boya D
A statement on the Ministry of Defence’s website said: “It is with great
sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in
yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer
Lee Rigby of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the
Regimental Recruiting Team in London)…
“An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life
personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected
across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United