A British soldier was attacked and killed yesterday (May 22) outside of the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London. Two men were arrested by police after running the soldier -- 25-year-old Drummer Lee Rigby -- over, then attempting to behead and disembowel him with machete knives.
The two attackers, who are believed to be Islamic extremists, killed Rigby in the attendance of several onlookers. Rigby, who was reportedly wearing a t-shirt that read “Help for Heroes,” was stabbed then dragged to the middle of the street while the suspects encouraged witnesses to take photos and video. The two men also threatened any witness who tried to intervene with a gun, and attempted to attack law enforcement officials before being shot and apprehended.
"They were hacking at him, chopping him, cutting him,” one witness told the UK’s LBC Radio. “These two guys were crazed. They were just animals. They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road and left his body there."
A video, obtained by ITV News in London, has now emerged of one suspect in the attack. Swearing by “Almighty Allah” that he would “never stop fighting,” the man appears with bloody hands and a knife as he attempted to justify his heinous attack.
"I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same,” he said. Y”ou people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."
The two attackers, aged 22 and 28, are being hospitalized for gunshot wounds and are expected to survive.
The barracks where the attacks took place house the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, which has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Rigby, described in a statement as having a “larger than life personality,” was the father of a 2-year-old boy name Jack. He served in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus.