Police officers in a southeastern London neighborhood shot two assailants after they allegedly killed a person with a machete. According to reports the victim is a soldier from a nearby barracks. The attack happened near the Woolwich Barracks.
Nick Robinson, political editor of the British Broadcasting Corporation, confirmed that British government was treating the attack as terror-related.
A bystander who witnessed the gruesome act of violence live-tweeted the entire event.
Mashable first reported on the live tweets. The Twitter account has not been verified yet but the time of the tweets match the time of the attack.
According to geolocation data, the Twitter user was also recently in the area of the attack.
A video has been circulating of the man thought to have been involved in the beheading of the soldier.
“I apologize that women had to witness this today but in our country our women see this happening all the time,” the man speaking with a London accent says in the video.
Another witness named James told London’s LBC radio, “We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers. They were big kitchen knives like you would use in a buthcer’s. They were hacking at this poor guy. We thought they were trying to remove organs from him.”
“These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road,” James said.
Below are the bystander's tweets.