May 22nd, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Brutal cleaver assault on man in London street is suspected terror attack

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

London (CNN) - A man thought to be a serving British soldier was killed by two armed men in a frenzied attack on a London street Wednesday, in what the government is treating as a suspected act of terrorism.

Witnesses told of a gruesome scene in which the man was hit by a car, then hacked with cleavers and his body dumped in the middle of the road in Woolwich, southeast London.

The two suspects in the killing were injured in a confrontation with police and have been taken to two hospitals, where they are being treated.

CNN affiliate ITN aired a video showing a man with bloody hands and holding a meat cleaver, who says, "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."

The man, who seems to have a London accent, carries on: "The only reasons we killed this man this is because Muslims are dying daily. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Europe • Islam • Terrorism • United Kingdom

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  1. William Demuth

    So now I guess a Protestant is supposed to hack up a Catholic, or are those just in the Irish rules?

    Crazy Limeys let the dogs in, and wonder why they shat on the carpets?

    May 23, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  2. derp


    Religion of pieces.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  3. Honey Badger Don't Care

    If I worked at the hospital where these guys work I would have to make sure that there was an accident with these guys.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  4. Reality

    Only for the eyes of Muslims who may have missed this important message:

    Ending the stupidity of it all quickly and peacefully:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi––

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    From Google Translate:

    فقط من أجل عيون المسلمين:

    إنهاء غباء من كل ذلك بسرعة وبشكل سلمي:

    من الدراسات من أرمسترونغ، رشدي، هيرسي علي، ريتشاردسون والبيهقي -–

    في خمس خطوات لأبطل تأثير 1400 سنة من الأساطير الإسلامية:

    (-خطوات اتخاذ أقل من دقيقتين لإنهاء-ببساطة مدهشة، دقيقتين لإحلال السلام والعقلانية إلى أكثر من مليار فقدت النفوس لا تقدر بثمن!)

    هل أنت مستعد؟

    استخدام "الفروع الإسلامية 77 من" الإيمان "مجموعة الإمام البيهقي المترجمة كنقطة انطلاق. في ذلك، وهو ما يفسر الفضائل الأساسية التي تعكس صحيح" الإيمان "(إيمان) من خلال الآيات القرآنية ذات الصلة، وأحاديث نبوية." أي ملخص لطيفة من المعتقدات القرآن والإسلامية.

    الخمسة الأولى من الفروع 77:

    "1. الإيمان بالله"

    كما يعرف أيضا باسم الله، الرب، زيوس، الرب، الطبيعة الأم، وما إلى ذلك يجب أن تضاف إلى الخلايا العصبية التطهير الذاتي الخاص.

    "2. إلى الاعتقاد بأن كل شيء غيرها مما كان الله غير موجود. بعد ذلك، الله سبحانه وتعالى خلق هذه الأشياء، وبعد ذلك جاءوا إلى حيز الوجود."

    التطور والانفجار الكبير أو "غي ب G-NAB" (عند بدء الكون لإعادة تدوير) هي أكثر ترجيحا وينبغي أن تدرج في "المندرجة" في سبيل الله إذا كنت لا تزال تشكل "بجمعية العقارات، tionist".

    "3. إلى الاعتقاد في وجود الملائكة."

    A بندا رئيسيا لتطهير الخلايا العصبية. الملائكة / دي VILS هي الإبداعات الأسطورية من الحضارات القديمة، على سبيل المثال HITT خائبي، لشرح / تعريف الأحداث الطبيعية، والاتصالات مع آلهتهم، والطيور الكبيرة، والرياح المفاجئة، وحماة خلال الليالي المظلمة، وما إلى ذلك لا "ثينجيس افسح المجال ل جميلة / UG-LY" بزيارة أي وقت مضى أو تحدثت إلى محمد، يسوع، مريم أو يوسف أو جو سميث. اليوم سوف نصنف الملائكة كما F-airies و "القصدير كير تكون LLS". تصنف الحديثة دو VILS مثل دي مونس هيئة اجتثاث mented.

    "4. إلى الاعتقاد بأن جميع الكتب السماوية التي تم إرسالها إلى الأنبياء مختلفة صحيحا. ومع ذلك، وبصرف النظر عن القرآن، كل الكتب الأخرى ليست صالحة بعد الآن."

    ومن البنود الرئيسية في حذفها. لا يوجد كتب في ولاية روح السماء (إذا كان هناك واحد) فقط حيث لم تعد هناك ملائكة لكتابة / نشر / توزيعها. القرآن، OT، NT وما هي ببساطة الكتب التي كتبت من قبل البشر للبشر.

    اخترعت الأنبياء من قبل الكتبة القديمة عادة للحفاظ على الجماهير غير المتعلمة في الخط. اليوم ونحن ندعو لهم فرز الأصوات للتناغم.

    النبوءات كما invali مؤرخة من قبل الطبيعية / الله / الله الهدايا من الإرادة الحرة والمستقبل.

    "5. إلى الاعتقاد بأن جميع الأنبياء صحيحا. ومع ذلك، ونحن مأمورون اتباع النبي محمد (عليه الصلاة والسلام
    صلى الله عليه وسلم) وحده ".

    قضى محمد ثلاثين يوما "الصيام" (أسطورة رمضان) في كهف الساخن قبل أول اتصال له مع الله الملقب الخ الله عبر "ممتزوجات افسح المجال ل جميلة". الحس السليم يتطلب حذف الخلايا العصبية من # 5. # 5 هو أيضا المصدر الرئيسي للالاسلامي VI-olence أي تحول محمد "سريع، يحركها الجوع" hallu-cinations إلى واقع فظيع لغير المؤمنين.

    المشي هذه خمس خطوات، ونحن نضمن الانتعاش الكامل من الطرق الإسلامية الخاصة بك!!

    للأسف، لا توجد العديد من المعلقين مسلم / القراء على هذا بلوق لذلك "مدة دقيقتين" العلاج هو عدم الحصول على لأولئك الذين في حاجة إليها. إذا كان لديك صديق مسلم، ترسل له نسخة وتساعد في إنقاذ العالم.

    تتوفر خطوات مماثلة في طلبك للحصول على deprogramming الأساطير المسيحية واليهودية والبوذية والهندوسية والوثنية ..

    May 23, 2013 at 7:07 am |
  5. R.M. Goodswell

    their guilt is without question....the man said what their motivations were....they should get an immediate execution ...simple bullet two the head and thrown in an incinerator ...any reliable info on these two will be traced through their movements and associates, not from the men themselves.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:35 am |
    • STFU

      did you say " incinerator "? Nooooo they are muslims and they have to be buried, so they are admitted into heaven. Don't you remember Boston guy? If you burn them, you are talking riots in muslim world, more killing in the name of Allah.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  6. Miss Chocolate Mom

    If they had been Christians, they could have been helping the man help others, like he was before they killed him.

    May 23, 2013 at 2:24 am |
    • derp

      Unless he was an abortion provider. Then they would have bombed his clinic, and shot him while he was in church.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  7. HotAirAce

    And the muslims want us to believe islam is a religion of peace – these guys must have thought piece.

    And christians shouldn't be too harsh on their fellow delusionals – it's only been a few centuries since they more or less dropped their butchering ways.

    May 23, 2013 at 12:17 am |
    • Big Shiz

      You must have forgotten that the Vatican gave the Nazis and Italians and Spanish fascists there blessing.

      May 23, 2013 at 12:47 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Hmmm..... I have also heard Blacks say the same about Whites and Feminist say that about half the worlds population.

      May 23, 2013 at 1:29 am |
    • Ak-Haru Kenaustin Ardenol

      @HAA – You're gonna have to walk that one back, Ace. Christian violence is as fresh as yesterday's dog poop.

      May 23, 2013 at 1:50 am |
    • Yesterday's Dog Poop

      HEY!! I resent that remark! I'm already mostly dried out! I'm old! I'm old! I don't want to go in the bin! I'm happeee....!

      May 23, 2013 at 1:52 am |
    • Ak-Haru Kenaustin Ardenol

      Okay, we got talking poop here! 5 bucks and the talking poop says something to you! Line up over here, please....

      May 23, 2013 at 2:05 am |
    • Science

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      Evolution wins............No red devil either !

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      Apr. 18, 2013 — Researchers have designed a method that can universally test for evolutionary adaption, or positive (Darwinian) selection, in any chosen set of genes, using re-sequencing data such as that generated by the 1000 Genomes Project. The method identifies gene sets that show evidence for positive selection in comparison with matched controls, and thus highlights genes for further functional studies.


      Oldest of the old.............the RCC ...........BedVrooooom.............and the red devil................not funny !

      Science books........videos.............trumps the 666.................beast.................or red horn-y thingy....does it

      NOT ........peachy ?

      May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |


      May 23, 2013 at 7:49 am |
    • HotAirAce

      But a century is a day, or is it but a day is a century? I'm confused. . .

      But I do know I don't want to be too nearby when a believer starts behaving as their crazy books tell them to. It could be good, or it could be very, very bad.

      May 23, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  8. TheRationale

    This is just kind of scary to begin with. A guy talking on camera with bloody hands who just hacked someone to death?! Holy cow.

    May 22, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
    • Big Shiz


      May 23, 2013 at 12:55 am |

    I own this story so you all hindus don't you dare click on Report Abuse button for my posts. I am warning you!!!!

    May 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Eat a Dik, your the only Hindu on this blog.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm |

      Eat it hindu ID thief.

      May 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Your the one with Hindu ancestors.

      May 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  10. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    May 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
  11. Brampt

    Many people say: " it's not islams fault..." I say..." Yes it is!

    If a tree produces rotten fruit then the tree is no good and it has to be cut down. Islam, catholism, etc... Have help to produce very rotten people, therefore it needs to be cut off... Until then expect more episodes to come.

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  12. Europe for Europeans

    Multiculturalism has failed. It's time for Europeans to fight back and retake Europe from the liberals who have pandered to terrorists for far too long. Islam is incompatible with secular European culture. Muslims should be forcefully repatriated to Jonny Arab Land.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm |

      Europe is secular, self centered only by hinduism ignorance of a hindu, ignorant, it has been always follower of god in their own way, unlike true atheist, self centered by faith of hindered, gutter of hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism india.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
  13. STFU

    Let's all wait for new CNN editorial by Hussein Rashid "My Take: What London cleaver killers get wrong about Islam"

    May 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • Herb


      May 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  14. Colin

    Isn't it telling that ou can read a headline like this and know imediately it was a Muslim. Now before anybody barks back at me about how insensitive I am, who REALLY thought it was a Buddhist, Hindu, Jew or Mormon (or any other faith) that did this?

    May 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I first saw it as a news headline (and not yet posted here on the Belief Blog).

      I did not assume that it had any religious connotations. Posting it here on the Belief Blog emphasizes the religious context.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  15. Gavin

    is herb iq 2?

    May 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  16. Gavin

    is herb iq 2

    May 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  17. STFU

    Let's all hope, British justice system is not like ours, and they have head chopper still around.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Herb

      Their problem is they've been mucking about with Muslim countries for hundreds of years and can't quite manage to figure out an intelligent course of action.
      Expelling all Muslims is the best course for the moment. It preserves their undeserved religious freedoms while kicking them out of the country. Let them live somewhere else. They can't control themselves and are demonstrably psychotic.
      Either we round them up as psychotics and deal with them that way, trying to heal them of their mental illness, ...
      ... or we round them up as Muslims and kick them out of every non-Muslim country where we can.
      They can go back to Pakistan or Iran or wherever they want to go. We can give them free transportation after checking them for weapons.
      I see no reason to let them continue violating every law in every country, just to demand more and more special treatment until they have enough control to murder openly using Sharia Law.
      It's long past time for rational people to stand up and fight psychotic religious nuts instead of hoping they'll dissolve in our non-violent societies peacefully when they have never done anything of the sort in the long run.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • STFU

      herb, not all of them are bad, I am saying from my own experience, but then I hate when guys like Hussein Rashid "My Take: What Tsarnaev gets wrong about Islam" comes out and simply distance themselves from wackos but do nothing to stop them.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Herb

      I think if you read my words carefully you'll see I never said they were all "bad", nor did I imply that they were.
      Your "bad" is a relative term, I have no doubt. Your interpretation of morality is sure to give us a chuckle, too.
      Care to try again?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Ak-Haru Kenaustin Ardenol

      @STFU – They have an executioner? Really? I bet he's really old.

      May 23, 2013 at 1:56 am |
  18. STFU

    hey that guy looks like Mohammad A. Dar aka ISLAM FOUNDATION OF HELL !!

    May 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  19. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Why is this linked to the Belief Blog?

    So the Hindu-bashing word salad troll has something to do today?

    May 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I guess Herb answered my question.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Herb

      Are you saying I'm the word salad idiot? Because it really sounds like that is what you are saying here.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      no not at all, you are not the Hindu-bashing word salad troll. You will recognize him when you see him. It won't take too long.

      I saw this story as political and not relevant to belief.

      Your first post put this story in the context of belief.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • Herb

      Ah, I see. Thank you for clearing that up.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  20. Herb

    It's long past time to round up all Muslims and show them the door.
    They can go quietly or in a box. Our choice, not theirs.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • William Josef

      see how mad you are when Muslim kills some of your people but its is so right when your people kills Muslims right ? Its so wrong for Muslims to get mad hypocrite

      May 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Albert Israel

      ohh cry us a river herb you are not even from uk

      May 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Herb

      Islam is a lie. Muslims should die. In your eye. Hi, hi, hi. 😀

      May 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Ak-Haru Kenaustin Ardenol

      Well, aren't we just having big plans and everything! Yes, let's round up Muslims like cattle! Yeehaw! Rawhide! *snap*
      I'm sure they won't suddenly freak out or anything. Nope.

      May 23, 2013 at 2:03 am |
    • Saraswati

      William, A hypocrite gets mad at people while doing the exact same thing he or she is criticising. People here are criticising random killings for the sole purpose of increasing fear or enacting revenge. That is not what is happening in the incidents in which Muslims are being killed. The wars may in some cases be poorly chosen or clumsily fought, but killing a person because of their actions or as an accident are different things from killing innocents out of revenge or to bring fear. If you can't see that difference you badly need an education.

      May 23, 2013 at 7:16 am |
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