Cameron chairs UK emergency response meeting

23. 05. 2013

Cameron chairs UK emergency response meeting

The UK government's emergency response committee will meet again this morning, in the wake of a machete killing in broad daylight on a London street.


Prime Minister David Cameron will chair the emergency COBRA session himself.


A 20-year-old man - unofficially described as a soldier - was hacked to death in the suburb of Woolwich, near a large military barracks and court complex.


"It was a sickening, barbaric, completely unforgivable crime. I know that Londoners have been through terrorism before and this city has a huge resilience. What we also have is the best, most professional security services and the best police in the world to protect us and they are now going to get to the bottom of exactly what's happened." said Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.



Speculation is rife in the media and on the streets that this is a jihadist attack. There have been sporadic clashes overnight between far-right activists and police.


"Enough's enough. Our message is - enough's enough. We have weak leaders, weak police. Our police, our leaders tiptoe around this issue. This issue is political Islam. It's political Islam that's spreading across this country." said English Defence League spokesman Tommy Robinson.


A murder inquiry has been launched by police counter-terrorism experts. Two men have been arrested.


Source: Euronews


Cameron chairs UK emergency response meeting