Woolwich shooting: Police respond to ‘assault’ after ‘serious incident’


Update: Suspect filmed attempting to justify attack while body of ‘soldier’ lies in street

A man wearing a Help For Heroes T-shirt has been hacked to death by two machete-wielding assailants in broad daylight in south-east London, in an attack condemned as ‘sickening and barbaric’.

The two knifemen were shot by armed police and are currently being treated in separate hospitals.

Prime minister David Cameron has described the killing as ‘truly shocking’ and called an emergency Cobra meeting amid reports the attack was terror-related.

The Ministry of Defence said it was ‘urgently investigating’ reports the man killed was a serving member of the armed forces, with the attack taking place close to Royal Artillery Barracks.

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Eyewitnesses said the two men had attacked the victim at around 2.20pm then dragged his body into the middle of John Wilson Street, before urging bystanders to take photographs…

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