LiveWoolwich terrorist attack as it happened: Soldier dead and two suspects injured

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  • WARNING: Graphic content in pictures below
  • Incident now treated as terrorist attack
  • Police and ambulances called to Woolwich after reported shooting and machete attack
  • Witnesses claim to have seen police shoot two men, one of whom was holding two meat cleavers in his hand
  • London Ambulance Service have confirmed one man has died. Victim reported to be British serviceman
  • Two further men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries
  • Meeting of government's emergency response committee Cobra held
  • Police ask people to remain calm
  • Email your photos of the scene to newsroom@london.newsquest.co.uk
  • Did you see what happened? Call the newsroom on 01689 885726.

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4:05pm Wed 22 May 13

banjo8 says...

I don't always rate everything NS does, but credit where it's due, this is reporting at its best. Well done to the scribes and web team. Strong stuff. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
I don't always rate everything NS does, but credit where it's due, this is reporting at its best. Well done to the scribes and web team. Strong stuff. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds. banjo8
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4:05pm Wed 22 May 13

KimmyG says...

My young Daughter is working around that area in Woolwich, please are there anymore updates, PLEASE!?
My young Daughter is working around that area in Woolwich, please are there anymore updates, PLEASE!? KimmyG
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4:17pm Wed 22 May 13

K2 says...

its on the news hun think 1 man dead and 2 wounded John wilson street :-(
its on the news hun think 1 man dead and 2 wounded John wilson street :-( K2
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4:30pm Wed 22 May 13

Icarusty says...

'Oh my God!!!! The way Feds took them out!!! It was a female police officer she come out the whip and just started bussssin shots!!
===============

I didn't realise the Bronx was in Britain.
'Oh my God!!!! The way Feds took them out!!! It was a female police officer she come out the whip and just started bussssin shots!! =============== I didn't realise the Bronx was in Britain. Icarusty
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4:51pm Wed 22 May 13

dopeasday says...

apparently the hospital is on lockdown aswell, from what i read they chopped the blokes head off !!! sick stuff !
apparently the hospital is on lockdown aswell, from what i read they chopped the blokes head off !!! sick stuff ! dopeasday
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5:00pm Wed 22 May 13

K2 says...

MP has just confirmed on BBC news it was a soldier killed by 2 men, this country really have to step up there justice system and deal with ppl like this the same way other country's do before the ppl of this country takes things into there own hands :-(
MP has just confirmed on BBC news it was a soldier killed by 2 men, this country really have to step up there justice system and deal with ppl like this the same way other country's do before the ppl of this country takes things into there own hands :-( K2
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5:32pm Wed 22 May 13

alunjones68 says...

it now a terrorist attack
it now a terrorist attack alunjones68
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5:57pm Wed 22 May 13

Notpolitical says...

Is it a coincidence Abu Qatada was refused bail 2 days ago? He's housed in belmarsh just down the road!
Condolences to the victims family
Is it a coincidence Abu Qatada was refused bail 2 days ago? He's housed in belmarsh just down the road! Condolences to the victims family Notpolitical
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6:21pm Wed 22 May 13

NiceChap says...

Political correctness has become a luxury we can no longer afford.
Its time we stopped labeling these obscene acts of murderous violence against ordinary citizens as 'terrorism' and pointed the finger at the real culprit.
Political correctness has become a luxury we can no longer afford. Its time we stopped labeling these obscene acts of murderous violence against ordinary citizens as 'terrorism' and pointed the finger at the real culprit. NiceChap
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6:36pm Wed 22 May 13

reasonable75 says...

Icarusty wrote:
'Oh my God!!!! The way Feds took them out!!! It was a female police officer she come out the whip and just started bussssin shots!!
===============

I didn't realise the Bronx was in Britain.
Can someone translate?
[quote][p][bold]Icarusty[/bold] wrote: 'Oh my God!!!! The way Feds took them out!!! It was a female police officer she come out the whip and just started bussssin shots!! =============== I didn't realise the Bronx was in Britain.[/p][/quote]Can someone translate? reasonable75
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6:58pm Wed 22 May 13

Bambi* says...

What an awful world we are living in today. A man who lived and served to protect brutally murdered. Witnesses to the horrific act will always be haunted by what they saw. A family in mourning by the actions of those who are incomprehensibly evil.
What an awful world we are living in today. A man who lived and served to protect brutally murdered. Witnesses to the horrific act will always be haunted by what they saw. A family in mourning by the actions of those who are incomprehensibly evil. Bambi*
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10:41pm Wed 22 May 13

neonis says...

R.I.P. to the poor man that died, and my heart goes out to his family and friends...so very tragic : (
R.I.P. to the poor man that died, and my heart goes out to his family and friends...so very tragic : ( neonis
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9:46am Thu 23 May 13

Its Me Again!!! says...

These two bits of filth were not fit to lace the boots of the dead soldier!!!!! Grrrr!!!

Thank you Tony Blair you got us into this mess with your illegal wars and policies to actually "go out and get these voters from far away places" as admitted by mandleson!!!!

Welcome to new England!!!!
I will be buying some "Help the Hero's" T~Shirts and wristbands to show bits of filth like this that we will defy these animals!!!! Grrrrr!!!!
These two bits of filth were not fit to lace the boots of the dead soldier!!!!! Grrrr!!! Thank you Tony Blair you got us into this mess with your illegal wars and policies to actually "go out and get these voters from far away places" as admitted by mandleson!!!! Welcome to new England!!!! I will be buying some "Help the Hero's" T~Shirts and wristbands to show bits of filth like this that we will defy these animals!!!! Grrrrr!!!! Its Me Again!!!
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10:07am Thu 23 May 13

CaptainJustice says...

How dare Cameron/May start saying we've had this type of terrorism before in this country? You what? when was the last time a member of the armed forces was murdered in such appalling circumstances? in broad daylight 100m from a school in the afternoon with 2 armed maniac butchers loose on the street hacking to death a serving member of the armed forces, outside a barracks?
No i can,t recall such an event! liars, & cheats, i'd feel cheated if i had voted for any of the main 3 political parties!
& yes; It is Me lets buy some H-t-Heros wristbands & show these terrorists that Brits wont stand for this kind of thing happening in my country!
How dare Cameron/May start saying we've had this type of terrorism before in this country? You what? when was the last time a member of the armed forces was murdered in such appalling circumstances? in broad daylight 100m from a school in the afternoon with 2 armed maniac butchers loose on the street hacking to death a serving member of the armed forces, outside a barracks? No i can,t recall such an event! liars, & cheats, i'd feel cheated if i had voted for any of the main 3 political parties! & yes; It is Me lets buy some H-t-Heros wristbands & show these terrorists that Brits wont stand for this kind of thing happening in my country! CaptainJustice
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10:54am Thu 23 May 13

the wall says...

CaptainJustice wrote:
How dare Cameron/May start saying we've had this type of terrorism before in this country? You what? when was the last time a member of the armed forces was murdered in such appalling circumstances? in broad daylight 100m from a school in the afternoon with 2 armed maniac butchers loose on the street hacking to death a serving member of the armed forces, outside a barracks?
No i can,t recall such an event! liars, & cheats, i'd feel cheated if i had voted for any of the main 3 political parties!
& yes; It is Me lets buy some H-t-Heros wristbands & show these terrorists that Brits wont stand for this kind of thing happening in my country!
He means terrorist attacking armed forces personal, like in Northern Ireland. The IRA have killed many British solders on UK streets. Not in the appalling circumstances that have happened but still killed solders.

Poor bloke never stood a chance from these two deluded losers, the attackers are the weakest of people driven by nothing else other than ignorance and their own stupidness, backward mentalists.
[quote][p][bold]CaptainJustice[/bold] wrote: How dare Cameron/May start saying we've had this type of terrorism before in this country? You what? when was the last time a member of the armed forces was murdered in such appalling circumstances? in broad daylight 100m from a school in the afternoon with 2 armed maniac butchers loose on the street hacking to death a serving member of the armed forces, outside a barracks? No i can,t recall such an event! liars, & cheats, i'd feel cheated if i had voted for any of the main 3 political parties! & yes; It is Me lets buy some H-t-Heros wristbands & show these terrorists that Brits wont stand for this kind of thing happening in my country![/p][/quote]He means terrorist attacking armed forces personal, like in Northern Ireland. The IRA have killed many British solders on UK streets. Not in the appalling circumstances that have happened but still killed solders. Poor bloke never stood a chance from these two deluded losers, the attackers are the weakest of people driven by nothing else other than ignorance and their own stupidness, backward mentalists. the wall
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7:11pm Thu 23 May 13

Notpolitical says...

Why do people insist on making this a political issue? Red or blue one of you were in opposition, what did you do?
Why do people insist on making this a political issue? Red or blue one of you were in opposition, what did you do? Notpolitical
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10:04pm Thu 23 May 13

pamela8 says...

Cried so much about this.,its just so horrific...How can people be so weak that they let themselves be brain washed and controlled by Evil wannabees...Also very angry to hear that 2,000 people are under watch in this Country,? surely if they had to be under watch then they should not have been here? And surely if they were under watch then why wasnt they intercepted??? Camerons speech, not feeling reassured by it at all ..very scripted and as always very insincere.. I have seen here and there calls for hanging..yes for rapists/abusers erc but not for these two freaks...I want them to live...because they want to die...they want to be honoured as martyrs.. i want them locked up in top security for the rest of their rotten cowardly lives....RIP brave soldier..
Cried so much about this.,its just so horrific...How can people be so weak that they let themselves be brain washed and controlled by Evil wannabees...Also very angry to hear that 2,000 people are under watch in this Country,? surely if they had to be under watch then they should not have been here? And surely if they were under watch then why wasnt they intercepted??? Camerons speech, not feeling reassured by it at all ..very scripted and as always very insincere.. I have seen here and there calls for hanging..yes for rapists/abusers erc but not for these two freaks...I want them to live...because they want to die...they want to be honoured as martyrs.. i want them locked up in top security for the rest of their rotten cowardly lives....RIP brave soldier.. pamela8
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10:06am Fri 24 May 13

miss sweetness says...

we will never forget this
we will never forget this miss sweetness
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10:01am Sat 25 May 13

ade12001 says...

we are all weeping, it is an awful story ive had nightmares over this and i will never ever vote for LIEbour CONservative or lib Dumbs again as long as i live over this murder
we are all weeping, it is an awful story ive had nightmares over this and i will never ever vote for LIEbour CONservative or lib Dumbs again as long as i live over this murder ade12001
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1:21am Mon 27 May 13

Snooper says...

The repulsion of the attack and the way it took place, is clearly distressing. We as a country have seen and heard of many sick things happening around us, one way or another. But this is undoubtedly the worst of the worst.

What sickens me is noting the BBC is censoring the news that SKY, CNN and other are willing to tell talk about?

That there are ‘other’ issues involved and not the BBC driven notion of terrorism. The continued stream of, and political jingoism used, is the voice of journalistic sycophants who are as removed from the real world as the politicians already have proven to be.

If this lad is to die for anything, it should not be for a political gain and farcical statement by media guess mongers. And we should not allow Government motivated to cover it’s own failings on many levels, by knee jerk scapegoating and introduction of draconian laws. Else we as watchers should be aware that this lie can extend to affecting us beyond the repulsion of the deed itself.

As with two wars before him, this is not what a soldier dies for..
The repulsion of the attack and the way it took place, is clearly distressing. We as a country have seen and heard of many sick things happening around us, one way or another. But this is undoubtedly the worst of the worst. What sickens me is noting the BBC is censoring the news that SKY, CNN and other are willing to tell talk about? That there are ‘other’ issues involved and not the BBC driven notion of terrorism. The continued stream of, and political jingoism used, is the voice of journalistic sycophants who are as removed from the real world as the politicians already have proven to be. If this lad is to die for anything, it should not be for a political gain and farcical statement by media guess mongers. And we should not allow Government motivated to cover it’s own failings on many levels, by knee jerk scapegoating and introduction of draconian laws. Else we as watchers should be aware that this lie can extend to affecting us beyond the repulsion of the deed itself. As with two wars before him, this is not what a soldier dies for.. Snooper
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12:07pm Tue 28 May 13

banjo8 says...

These murderers should be tried and hanged - simple as.
These murderers should be tried and hanged - simple as. banjo8
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