Heroic Mom Talked Down Woolwich Killers Seconds After They Beheaded A Soldier

Updated: Ingrid Loyau-Kennet calmly talked to the soldier’s murderers, distracting them from the fact that they were slowly being surrounded by police. The two men were subsequently shot, and then taken into custody.

UPDATE: Ingrid Loyau-Kennet gave this interview on ITV’s Daybreak in which she describes the moment she confronted the men responsible for the Woolwich terror attack.

2. Talking with the Daily Telegraph, Ingrid Loyau-Kennet described how she first checked the soldier’s pulse and then talked with the soldier’s murderers, distracting them until they were surrounded by the cops.

Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.

And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said ‘move off the body’.

So I thought ‘OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said ‘what do you want?’

3. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett’s son Basil went on Twitter to discuss his mom’s heroic actions.

Basil Baradaran


Of all the things today `I didn’t expect a suspected terror attack in my town and my mum, of all people, to talk to the attackers #Woolwich

4. He also bragged on Twitter about how his “mum is motherfucking badass” and posted this picture.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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