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London attack

CNC reporting from London
Added On May 24, 2013

More details have emerged of the bloody killing of a British soldier in London.

Police have arrested two more people believed to be involved and it's found that the two suspected killers had been known to security services before the attack.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called the killing a terrorist attack and said the UK will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms.

STANDUP (ENGLISH) PETER BARKER, CNC correspondent:
"British Prime Minister David Cameron has just made a statement here in Downing Street about the murder of a British soldier at the hands of two terrorists in London. The prime minister said Britain remained resolute against violence and terrorism and would not give in. He also said the attack was a betrayal of Islam and of Muslim communities here in Britain and that Britain was working with the international community to fight terrorism."

On Thursday, the prime minister held an emergency meeting of his intelligence chiefs to assess the response to the attack.

He said the killing will only make the people unite.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DAVID CAMERON, British Prime Minister:
"The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger. Today our thoughts are with the victim and his family. They are grieving for their loved one, and we have lost a brave soldier."

It was the first deadly strike in mainland Britain since local Islamists killed dozens in London in 2005.

The prime minister has vowed to take on terror in any form.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DAVID CAMERON, British Prime Minister:
"We will defeat violent extremism by standing together, by backing our police and security services and above all by challenging the poisonous narrative of extremism which this violence feeds."

Wednesday's broad daylight attack has shocked the whole Britain.

The two suspects, both of Nigerian descent,  attacked a 25-year-old Afghan war veteran with a meat cleaver and knives in southeast London.

After killing him, the two men remained at the scene, challenging passers-by to photograph and film them. And they sent a chilly warning:

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Alleged attacker:
"I apologized that women had to witness this today, but in our lands women have to see the scene, you people would never be safe, move your government, they don't care about you."

The frenzied attack has raised questions on Britain's anti-terror policies and invovlement on the ground.

The two suspects claim the attack was meant to revenge for wars in Muslim countries.

Experts have given their views.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): DR BROOKE ROGERS, King's College:
"It is an interested but quite complicated question, because if you listen to the messages that they were trying to give in the video, and in the messages that we see from a number of the past attempts and attacks in the UK, they quite often talk about foreign policy impacts and that they are frustrated and feel aggrieved by the UK and quite often the U.S. foreign policy abroad. But if you start engaging with these people and interviewing them and talking to them, however, and you try to dig in to their understanding of the foreign policy issues that they are claiming to have driven their behaviour, we find that their understanding of the foreign policy areas is extremely shallow. So, it is more like they are picking up on the words and picking up on the messages, just on the tip of the iceberg, but they really don't have any contextual understanding of the conflicts and the policies that they are claiming are driving them to violence."