Cameron summons emergency meeting after Woolwich attack

DAVID Cameron was pulled away from a diplomatic trip to France last night to chair an emergency meeting after the brutal murder of a soldier outside army barracks in Woolwich, south London.

The Prime Minister said there were strong indications that the incident was a terrorist attack and said it was “the most appalling crime” after two men were arrested in connection with it.

Shortly after 2pm, the two attackers ran down a man wearing a Help For Heroes T-shirt in John Wilson Street, outside Woolwich Barracks and around five miles from Canary Wharf, before getting out of the car and attacking him with knives.

Armed police officers then arrived at the scene, wounding both men and taking them to separate hospitals. According to ITV News, one of the men said: “The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.”

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met Police commissioner, said last night that an increased police presence in the area and surrounding areas “will continue as long as needed”, and that the Met’s counter terrorism squad is leading an investigation into the incident.

Cameron will now chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee this morning, while security in army barracks around London has been stepped up.