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UK: 'Soldier' beheaded in \'Islamist terror attack\' outside military barracks

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First published: May 22, 2013, 10:52 PM IST | Updated: May 22, 2013
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UK: 'Soldier' beheaded in \'Islamist terror attack\' outside military barracks
CNN reported that the assailants used a meat cleaver to attack the soldier.

London: The UK government on Wednesday swung into action after a man was beheaded in an alleged Islamist terror attack outside Royal Military Barracks in Woolwich in southeast London. Unconfirmed reports said that victim was a soldier.

According to the police, the two attackers had been shot. MP Nick Raynsford said the two were undergoing treatment at a hospital. CNN reported that the assailants used a meat cleaver to attack the soldier.

The British media reported that the killing was being treated as a terrorist attack.

The government, meanwhile, called an emergency meeting and Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Home Secretary had been asked to chair a COBRA meeting. He called the incident shocking.

Raynsford said, "The attack happened outside Woolwich barracks. The soldier was first hit by a vehicle. The soldier was a victim of unprovoked attacked by two people. Both the attackers are in hospital."

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