Woolwich Terror Attack: Updates
Victim of attack is identified. Cameron: "An attack on Britain and a betrayal of Islam." WARNING: Graphic content.
Footage of the shooting has emerged.
Victim Of Attack Identified As Lee Rigby
UPDATE: The Ministry of Defence says the soldier killed on Wednesday was Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
According to a statement from the Ministry, Rigby was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester. He had a 2-year-old son.
"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 fan," the statement read.
UPDATE: Senior Whitehall sources have told the BBC that both suspects in yesterday's murder were known to security services for their radical views – but are not thought to have been under surveillance.
Surge in donations crashes Help For Heroes website.
Police confirm they are carrying out extra patrols following the attack and the EDL protests in Woolwich.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a statement.
Tributes left at Woolwich Barracks.
The No 10 press office has put out a statement about this morning's Cobra meeting, which lasted about an hour.
A spokesman said:
There was an operational update from the police and agencies into the ongoing investigation and an update from the MOD [Ministry of Defence] on protective security.
There was a discussion about community cohesion. The strength and unity of response from Muslim community leaders was recognised and commended by ministers and others around the table.
The PM is expected to make a statement to the media on the attack shortly.
Present at the meeting were:
The home secretary, Theresa May.
The defence secretary, Philip Hammond.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Bernard Hogan-Howe.
The Met's assistant commissioner, Cressida Dick.
Minister for faith and communities, Lady Warsi.
The communities secretary, Eric Pickles.
UPDATE: ITV news obtained video of a man with bloodied hands wielding a knife and a cleaver near the scene of the attack. The man apologises that women had to witness the attack [WARNING: GRAPHIC].
One man was killed and two others were injured following a violent attack incident in Woolwich, South East London, on Wednesday. The Associated Press reported that two wounded men allegedly attacked the deceased. The two men were then shot by police and are being treated for their injuries.
An eyewitness called James — who saw the incident and called the police — speaks to LBC's Iain Dale:
"The attackers were asking people to take their photos."
From James' eyewitness interview (above):
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.
They were oblivious to anything, they were more worried about having their photo taken, running up and down the road. They had no intention of running off or leaving or anything. It's horrendous what they were doing to that guy.
More eyewitness accounts:
Photo from the scene:
Woolwich and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford claims victim was a soldier, MoD investigating.
A Twitter user called Boya Dee has claimed to have witnessed the attack. This is what he has said so far.
The PM responds:
UPDATE: The BBC is now reporting that the government is treating the incident as a suspected terrorist attack, according to a Whitehall source.
BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson is reporting that the men may have been filmed, and that the attackers were 'Muslim in appearance' and shouted 'Allahu aqbar' — 'God is the greatest' — during the assault.
UPDATE: The Daily Mail is reporting that Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled talks with French President Francois Hollande in Paris and is returning to London in response to the attack.
Facebook memorial page tops 1m likes.
The Twitter user Boya Dee now claims he has turned down significant sums of money to sell his story.
al-Shabaab Tweet in sympathy with attackers.
The Somalia-based militia group al-Shabaab has posted a series of tweets expressing sympathy for the Woolwich attackers and criticising David Cameron.