As it happened: Woolwich aftermath

Key Points

  • The soldier murdered in Woolwich, London, is named as Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, of 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  • Two men shot by police at the scene of the attack remain under arrest in separate hospitals
  • It emerges that the two suspects were known to the security services. One is believed by the BBC to be Michael Adebolajo
  • Police have also arrested a man and woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder
  • David Cameron says: "We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms."
  • US President Barack Obama says his country "stands resolute" with Britain following the attack

    A man said by Whitehall sources to be a member of the British armed forces has been killed on a busy south London street in what has been described as a terror attack. His exact identity has not been revealed. Follow our live coverage of the day's events here.


    Two suspects were shot by armed police after spending several minutes speaking to bystanders and making political statements to camera.


    The home secretary says security has been tightened at all London barracks, and the government's emergency response committee Cobra will meet this morning to discuss the attack. David Cameron has cut short his trip to Paris to chair the meeting.


    Home Secretary Theresa May has said that while we have seen terrorism on the streets of London before, "we have always stood firm against it - despicable acts like these will not go unpunished", she has promised.


    The emergency meeting this morning will be attended by politicians, the UK's most senior police officer and the new head of MI5.


    Witnesses yesterday described seeing two men armed with knives and a gun repeatedly assault the victim. One of the men called for Britain to end its involvement in foreign conflicts. The image shown here is from footage taken at the scene.


    The two men - who were shot by police - are being held in hospital under armed guard while counter terrorism police wait to question them.


    The BBC's Ben Ando, who has been in Woolwich overnight, says it has been a scene of considerable and measured activity. The scene of the killing was on the south circular road - one of London's busiest routes, and forensic teams have worked through the night to complete their work so the road can re-open.


    Meanwhile, a tow-truck has removed a vehicle - covered with a red canvas cover - which is thought to have been involved. It is thought the victim was struck by a car before being attacked by the two men, says our correspondent Ben Ando.


    Initially, witnesses thought the two men were trying to help the man, but then they realised they were killing him. Lots of amateur footage was recorded at the scene yesterday and police have urged people to send them any video or images they have of the scene.

    EDL members

    Since the attack there were confrontations in Woolwich between police and a group of around 60 people - some from the English Defence League - but there were no arrests. Here members of the EDL wear balaclavas as they gather outside a pub in Woolwich in London last night. There have also been attacks on mosques in Kent and Essex.


    Already security has been stepped up at military barracks across London. Police now are waiting to question the two attackers, who are in separate hospitals after being shot by armed police. The BBC's Ben Ando says we do not know which hospitals are looking after the men or what condition the men are in - although one is thought to be in a critical condition.


    There are many questions today about who the victim of this brutal attack was. He is said to have been a member of the British armed forces, but people will want to know who he was, which unit was he with, and if he was linked to the Woolwich barracks. For the Cobra emergency committee, perhaps the overriding question will be whether the two attackers were acting unilaterally or were part of a more orchestrated plot. The committee will also be discussing the motive for the attack, says the BBC's Ben Ando.

    bbc nick raynsford

    There are reports that it was 20 minutes before armed police arrived at the scene of the attack yesterday. But local MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Nick Raynsford tells the BBC he thinks police arrived pretty quickly and very quickly dealt with the two suspects. "We know very well that quick response is important, but it's difficult to think in an urban area that it would be possible to get to a scene of a crime much quicker than that given all the communication there has to be - given that there had to be an armed unit to respond, and given the evidence there were two very dangerous suspects who themselves were armed."


    The BBC's Jonathan Beale says security at London military barracks has been stepped up, but the overall threat of terrorism warning has not been raised to severe - it is at substantial at the moment. Severe would mean a terror attack is likely. One of the issues the Cobra meeting will look at is whether soldiers should wear their uniform outside their barracks, he says. They will also discuss if this is a one-off attack or part of a wider move.


    The Muslim Council of Britain says the killers' use of "Islamic slogans" indicates they were motivated by their faith. A statement from the council says: "This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family."


    A passer-by, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, confronted one of the attackers in the street. She says he told her that he had killed because he was "fed up" about the deaths of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking on ITV Daybreak she describes the scene, saying: "More and more people were starting to come. I mean there was absolutely nobody when I arrived apart form the bus and people stayed on the bus and there was just this lady cradling the soldier and gradually people started to come. I imagine the soldier was losing more and more blood and attracting people and there was so many people around."


    Wednesday's events in Woolwich have shocked the UK - but this was precisely the kind of attack that security chiefs have long feared could come, writes the BBC's home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani in his blog this morning.

    CJ, from Surrey

    A dark day for us all. Whatever their reasons, this was wrong. This can only lead to opposing hate groups (re)surfacing and promoting further further hate amongst understandably frightened people.


    ITV News has broadcast footage of a man with bloodied hands talking to a camera, following the attack. He makes a series of political statements before walking towards a man, who is believed to be a soldier, lying on the street. Warning: This footage contains disturbing images.

    Mark Coyle

    tweets: Police helicopter overhead #Woolwich. A sense of bewilderment in the air. I swear I saw a dad holding his kids' hands tighter than normal.


    Usama Hasan is a senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a think tank specialising in counter extremism. He tells the BBC that the hatred preached by some Islamic clerics has to stop: "The real problem here is the decisive hatred preached by a very small minority of clerics in this country in a small number of our mosques and universities. They know who they are and there are Muslim groups and other groups - left wing groups may I say - who defend that kind of grievance and victimhood mentality. That's what must change and has to stop. A very small number of people but unfortunately their influence is too high."

    scene at Woolwich

    Here is a picture of the scene yesterday, following the attack - which took place at 14:20 BST in John Wilson Street, the A205. We will bring you more photos as they come in today.


    If you want more background on yesterday's attack, you can look back at Wednesday's live page here.

    Map of area

    Here is a map of the scene. David Dixon, a local head teacher, told the BBC News Channel he walked out of the school gates and saw a body lying in the road a short distance away. He then heard gunshots and instructed staff to lock all the gates of his school. An air ambulance landed in the playground and the children were sent home.


    You can read our main news story here for an overview of what is happening today.


    Political correspondent Norman Smith says the Cobra emergency meeting - for which the PM has returned from France - will get under way in about 20 minutes. Before that the home secretary will brief David Cameron on the latest thinking of the intelligence service, because overnight they have gone through a mass of material - witness statements, footage, and of course their own records, he says - to see if the attackers were in any way known to the security services.


    Our correspondent adds the Cobra meeting will decide how to respond to the killing - looking at whether it was a lone attack or a wider orchestrated campaign. So far, he says, the UK's terror alert level has not been raised and the security response has been limited to military barracks, which would lead one to speculate it is believed to have been an isolated act.

    Lincoln Jopp

    Lincoln Jopp, a former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, tells the BBC this was a tragic act, but adds the British army will rally round at times like this - as they always do. He says he realises people will be looking at procedures, but says he would like military personnel to continue wearing their uniforms outside barracks. He says the British public's support gives the military great strength.


    Raffaelle Pantucci, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, tells the BBC: "The brazenness of this incident is what marks it out from previous ones. The willingness of these guys to conduct this attack in the middle of the street and then sort of talk about it, shout about it in front of people in the street afterwards, is I think a new level of brutality."


    A Facebook page set up in honour of the victim of yesterday's attack has received one million "likes", according to the Metro newspaper. It features a statement saying: "A British soldier has been murdered as he walked a street in London in a 'suspected' terror attack. RIP to a hero!"


    Former Home Secretary Lord Reid condemns the "brutal, inhumane and terrible murder of an innocent person". While he said the threat from terrorists was continual, he insisted they would not succeed in their bid to "impose their will on others" in the UK.


    A former commander of British soldiers in Afghanistan, Col Richard Kemp, tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme "it would be wrong to suggest we live in a state of fear of this type of attack".


    Col Kemp also tells BBC News he believes this morning's Cobra meeting will try to ascertain whether the attack was part of a wider extremist conspiracy. He says: "I don't think it looks like that myself but I think they will want to know that. And the second thing, I think, in that area is there will be a great deal of concern that this form of attack now, which I think has been long feared by the security services, could lead to copycats."


    Lord Reid tells BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that the killing in Woolwich was a "horrific and terrible attack", and adds: "The bad news is that becomes harder to prevent." He says it was "a testament to the effectiveness of our security forces in this country that they have prevented it for many, many years".

    An air ambulance helicopter landing in Woolwich, south London.

    Here is a picture taken at the scene of yesterday's London street attack - an air ambulance can be seen landing. Have a look at our BBC picture gallery for more images of the scene in Woolwich. Warning: some of the following images are graphic in nature.


    The Metropolitan Police are expected to release the name and regiment of the soldier killed later this morning. His family has already been informed.

    0912: Breaking News

    PM David Cameron is now chairing the Cobra emergency government crisis committee.


    Prime Minister David Cameron was briefed by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on the murder investigation before chairing the meeting of Cobra at 10 Downing Street.

    0915: Breaking News

    In a message on Twitter, Prime Minister David Cameron says: "I have been updated by the [Metropolitan Police] commissioner and will chair Cobra shortly. I will make a statement on this sickening killing this morning."


    Former chairwoman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, Baroness Neville-Jones, tells the BBC that the inspiration for the Woolwich attack "comes from internet hate speech and jihadist rhetoric". She says: "Muslim leadership must help with tackling the spread of this kind of rhetoric."


    Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, tells BBC News the government must find out "who committed this barbaric crime and follow it up swiftly". He adds: "People need to stay calm - I think some of the stories that we've heard this morning of demonstrations in certain areas... this is not helpful to the police, the police should not be distracted from the very important work that they have to do."

    boris johnson

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson is attending the Cobra meeting in Whitehall. On his way in he says: "It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam. But it is also equally wrong to try to draw any link between this murder and British foreign policy, or the actions of British forces who are risking their lives abroad for the sake of freedom. The fault lies wholly and exclusively in the warped and deluded mindset of the people who did it. And what we need now is, for the sake of the victim, and for the sake of his family, is for those killers to be brought to justice."


    Boris Johnson continues: "I think it's very important that... the people of London should take their cue from the behaviour of the people of Woolwich yesterday, who showed such astonishing natural courage in dealing with an appalling event, and who stood up to those killers. And I think that that's the spirit of London, and that's what I would call on people to do today - go about their lives in the normal way."

    Secunder Kermani

    tweets: Been at the #woolwich school near ydays killing. Parents say they've struggled to shield their kids from what happened. Some still scared

    Garath Dobbs, from Cardiff,

    emails: It strikes me that the attackers have gained exactly what they wanted from this - exposure. The media outlet could not wait to get this 'exclusive' on the air. There has to be a way to deny these attackers the oxygen of publicity. I think there should be a law against televising diatribes relating to such acts and a law against filming and sharing any such things on the internet. I understand the second part will be difficult but national television would be easy. It just seems very naive of ITV to show these people on primetime.


    The Press Association news agency, quoting sources, says the Woolwich suspects are of Nigerian background and are not thought to have links to terror groups based there. There has been no confirmation of this.

    0939: Breaking News

    The BBC understands guidance has been issued to members of the armed forces to "conceal" their uniforms if in public, especially when travelling alone, in light of Wednesday's attack.


    A Ministry of Defence source says the uniform advice is a "common sense"" measure while the investigation into yesterday's attack is ongoing. He says it does not amount to a change in policy. Security at a number of military bases has already been stepped up and members of the services have been told to remain vigilant.

    soldiers stand guard outside the Royal Military Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London

    There are still large numbers of police officers at the scene of the killing, while soldiers are standing guard outside the Royal Military Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London.


    Residents in Woolwich tell the BBC the killing should not diminish the community spirit that exists in the area. One resident, Keira, says: "I don't think it's anything to do with religion, or race or anything else. I think it's all to do with the person and who did it. And that's it really... We've just got to all pull together really and just accept what's happened and move on from it."


    Farouk Murad, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, says the attack is "an insult and attack against our faith and our community", adding: "We must stand united against this kind of criminal activity... Islam does not under any pretext give the licence to kill innocents on our streets."


    We are hearing that the Cobra meeting in Whitehall has finished. It lasted about an hour and was not a "nuts and bolts meeting", according to BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith.


    Our correspondent says this means security services are still thought to be piecing together information about the attack. So when the PM speaks in the next hour or so, it will a more general appeal for calm and a message of reassurance.


    The politicians will now want to leave the police and intelligence services to pursue the lines they need to, our correspondent Norman Smith adds.


    Julie Siddiqi, of the Islamic Society of Britain, tells BBC Radio 4: "The people who did this act yesterday do not speak in my name, do not speak for my community or the rest of the country. We have to come out with the strongest condemnation, which is what I'm seeing this morning."


    Leaving the meeting of Cobra, London mayor Boris Johnson, appears to indicate Wednesday's attack was being seen as a one-off incident. "Everything I am hearing leads me to think that Londoners can go about their business in the normal way and we are going to bring the killers to justice," he says.


    Graham Wilders - who witnessed the killing - says officers arriving at the scene had to take into account the fact that at least one of the attackers had a gun. He says: "The police officers didn't even get a chance to get out their car. They just, like, started running towards them, especially the bloke with the machetes. They just had to shoot him because he was just hurtling towards them, and then the other one with the handgun, lifted it up and obviously they shot him."

    woman lays flowers

    Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the soldier killed in Woolwich. Here a woman places flowers outside the Royal Military Barracks, near the scene where he was killed.


    The Greenwich Islamic Centre condemns Wednesday's "barbaric murder": "The Muslims of the Greenwich Islamic Centre in the Royal Borough of Greenwich... share the grief and sorrow of the nation. Our hearts go out to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim of this despicable and horrific tragedy."


    The Greenwich Islamic Centre adds: "The local Muslim community has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the people from all walks of life regardless of their religion, colour or ethnic background. At this moment of confusion, uncertainty and naturally highly charged emotions, we earnestly appeal to the media not to rush to judgement and wait for the final findings by the law enforcement agencies."


    The statement concludes: "Let the response of our nation be mature and thoughtful. This is a moment of prayer, unity and not of hasty reaction."

    army tshirt

    People have laid flowers and an Army T-shirt in tribute to the soldier who was killed. Reports say he had been wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of the British military charity Help for Heroes.


    Here is an audio interview with eyewitness Graham Wilders, who lives in Woolwich. He describes seeing the attack and how he initially thought there had been an accident with two men trying to resuscitate the victim.


    A Kent MP describes the broadcast of footage of one of the alleged attackers in Woolwich as one of the worst examples of irresponsible journalism he has ever seen. Julian Brazier, a member of the Defence Select Committee, tells Julia George on BBC Radio Kent that the clip should never have been shown.

    Kelly Lu

    tweets: Going to sleep hearing helicoptors and waking up to hearing helicoptors...

    Stacey Rickman

    tweets: Never seen woolwich and plumstead so empty in the past two years I've travelled through wowza


    A statement from Prime Minister David Cameron is expected in Downing Street within 10 minutes.

    Lucy Manning ITV Home Affairs Editor

    tweets: Police & forensics are searching a London flat that ITV News believes is connected to one of the suspected Woolwich attackers.

    Norman Smith, BBC News Channel chief political correspondent

    tweets: COBRA ends. PM and others encouraged by calm response of local community #woolwich


    Russian state-owned TV Channel One, as seen by BBC Monitoring, says: "This is the first time that Londoners, who have been through more than one terror attack, have seen such a thing… Now the UK authorities will find it easier to achieve the deportation of radical Islamic preachers."


    ITV News is reporting details of an email it says was sent to air cadets, saying: "No uniforms are to be worn by any military personnel whilst walking out of unit/MoD locations in London and Greater London with effect now until further notice. This includes the carriage of military day sacks."


    Statement after Cobra meeting: "There was an operational update from the police and agencies into the ongoing investigation and an update from the MOD on protective security. There was a discussion about community cohesion. The strength and unity of response from Muslim community leaders was recognised and commended by Ministers and others around the table."

    Lucy Manning ITV Home Affairs Editor

    tweets: Anjem Choudray tells ITV News (& The Independent it seems) he knows 1 of attackers. Attended Al Muhajiroun events. Is Muslim convert.


    Shadow defence secretary, Jim Murphy, says: "This is firstly a personal tragedy for the family and friends of the victim. This horrendous and horrific act against our Armed Forces has shocked us all. In our moments of anger we should be strengthened in our national resolve to tackle hatred and terrorism wherever they exist."


    In his statement, Mr Murphy says: "The government and security services have our full support in establishing the facts and preventing any future such crimes. As a country we should respond with a reassertion of the values of tolerance and justice; the values that these extremists hate so much about our country. We should all help to ensure our Armed Forces never feel fearful in public. They protect us, and today each of us can send a loud message of support, solidarity and gratitude to all service personnel serving in our towns and cities at home and overseas."

    Police searching for evidence.

    Police conduct a fingertip search near to the scene of the crime.


    The BBC's Jonathan Beale says armed forces personnel have been advised to conceal their uniforms if they are wearing them in public places, particularly on public transport. This advice has gone to regular members of the armed forces and the Territorial Army as well.


    A Cub Scout leader has spoken of how she confronted one of the alleged attackers who killed a member of the armed forces in Woolwich. In an interview, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett tells the Daily Telegraph the attacker said he had killed the soldier because "he had killed Muslim people" and that he was "fed up that people kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is some audio of her describing what happened.


    A Conservative MP says he intends to discuss the speed of the police response in Woolwich with ministers. Robert Buckland tells the BBC: "I will raise it with Home Office ministers as soon as we know the full picture." He was quoted in the Telegraph as saying it would be very worrying if there had been an "unwarranted delay" in the police response.

    Breaking News Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: Advice not to wear uniforms in public set to be reversed. PM believes was "understandable reaction" but people should go about daily lives


    Professor Paul Rogers, from Bradford University, is an expert in terrorism and says the attack seemed to be designed to cause widespread fear. He tells BBC News: "The alleged perpetrators really wanted to publicise what they did. In a way, it's almost exactly what academics say when they talk about the term terrorism, it's actions which may have a victim or some victims but are designed to cause fear among a much wider community."

    1036: Breaking News

    The Metropolitan Police execute a search warrant at an address in Lincolnshire. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman says: "This is in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of a man in Woolwich. The Metropolitan Police are not prepared to discuss the matter further at this stage."


    Journalist Guido Olimpio writes in Italy's Corriere Della Sera newspaper that "the attack on the British soldier, even though many elements are still missing, is an absolutely perfect textbook case of individual jihadism bent on achieving results as macabre as they are 'spectacular'... Unfortunately, we are going to have to get accustomed to episodes such as the murder in London. At this juncture it is part of a trend".


    We are being told that the PM's statement is now expected to take place at about 11:00 BST from outside 10 Downing St.

    note woolwich

    We are still waiting for news of the identity of the soldier who was killed in the Woolwich attack. We do know that his family has been informed. Here, another tribute is paid to him as local people lay flowers near the scene of the crime in south-east London.


    The address being searched in Lincolnshire as part of inquiry into Woolwich murder is in Saxilby, near Lincoln


    The attack in Woolwich has led to a renewed focus on terrorism and Islamist extremism in the UK. Senior Whitehall sources have told the BBC that the attackers are thought to have tried to film their attack while shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great. Here, leading figures speak about the attack itself, and what it means to society and diverse communities in Britain.

    James Egan, in Carterton,

    emails: I live in Carterton, the place where the repatriation ceremonies are held. I am sure one can imagine, the shock has reverberated through this close knit community with very strong ties to the military. My father served for 23 years, and during his tenure you were not allowed to wear military clothing or insignia outside of the base you were stationed at for fear of retribution, which at that time was Irish nationalists. As a country we felt that those times were behind us, that a person's beliefs could no longer be so strong that the sanctity of life was no longer an issue. It seems that we were wrong.


    French commentator Laurent Borredon compares the Woolwich attack to the killings of seven people by Islamist militant gunman Mohamed Merah in Toulouse last year. Writing in Le Monde, Mr Borredon says: "The killing... makes palpable one of the greatest fears of the Western intelligence services - random attacks by terrorists acting on their own or as part of micro-cells - "lone wolves"… Inevitably, the target chosen recalls the case of Merah, who on 11 March 2012 began his killing spree by murdering a soldier, Imad Ibn-Ziaten, in cold blood in Toulouse."

    1058: Breaking News

    The Metropolitan Police confirm that the Woolwich murder victim was a serving soldier, adding: "We believe we know his identity but he has yet to be formally identified. His next of kin have been informed. In line with the wishes of his family we will not be releasing his identity at this stage. A post-mortem examination will take place later today."

    1110: Breaking News

    A defence source confirms to the BBC's Jonathan Beale that following the Cobra meeting chaired by the prime minister there has been a "relaxation" of some "temporary measures" issued to military personnel on wearing uniforms in public. Last night they were advised to conceal uniforms - if travelling in public and alone. Now they are being told to continue wearing them. Stepped up security measures at military bases are still in place.

    1111: Breaking News

    Police raid an address on a Greenwich housing estate in connection with the Woolwich murder.


    A quick update of where things stand:

    • Police led by counter-terrorism officers continue to investigate Wednesday's murder, which took place at 14:20 BST in John Wilson Street, the A205, in Woolwich
    • Officers have raided an address on a Greenwich housing estate, and are also searching a property in Lincolnshire
    • Scotland Yard confirms the man who was killed was a serving soldier, but his identity has not yet been released because of his family's wishes
    • Two men, who were shot by armed police after the attack, remain under arrest in separate hospitals
    • The PM has chaired an emergency Cobra committee meeting and is expected to make a statement in Downing Street shortly

    BBC correspondent Sangita Myska reporting from Woolwich Barracks: "Many flowers now left by local people. No name on any of the cards. Many describe soldier as 'fallen hero'."


    Neighbours say the door of a ground floor flat in Greenwich was forced opened by police at about 05:30 BST. The door frame is shattered. They also say two sisters in their 30s, an older woman, and a teenaged boy were taken away in a police van. The BBC's correspondent Tom Symonds says it is thought this is not an address of one of the alleged attackers.


    Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne, of the Metropolitan Police, issues an update on the Woolwich murder investigation. "Today our shock at what happened on the streets of our city remains. The investigation into the shocking murder of a serving soldier yesterday is ongoing, and is of course a major investigation for us," he says.


    Asst Comm Byrne adds: "It is only right that the ongoing investigations are allowed to take place, and they must take as long as is needed without anyone pre-empting what they may conclude. I would ask for Londoners help and support for us to continue. Please remain calm. London is at its best when we all come together and now is the time to do that."


    Asst Comm Byrne also addresses the issue of how long it took police to respond to the Woolwich attack. "We first received a 999 call from the public at 14:20hrs stating a man was being attacked, further 999 calls stated that the attackers were in possession of a gun. We had officers at the scene within 9 minutes of receiving that first 999 call. Once that information about a gun or guns being present was known, firearms officers were assigned at 14:24hrs. Firearms officers were there and dealing with the incident 10 minutes after they were assigned, 14 minutes after the first call to the Met."


    Asst Comm Byrne adds: ""The Borough Commander in Greenwich held a meeting with community leaders last night and we are grateful for the support from the public. There has been an increased police presence in Woolwich and the surrounding areas overnight and this will continue for as long as it is needed. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout."


    People who witnessed Wednesday's murder - who are now going about their daily lives - have been praised for their bravery and defiance. Here, they tell the BBC about how the attack unfolded.


    In a message on Twitter, Mr Cameron says: "I will be making a statement shortly. One of the best ways to defeat terrorism is to go about our normal lives."


    Nato's secretary general has made a statement on the attack in London. Anders Fogh Rasmussen says: "I strongly condemn this shocking and barbaric crime. Such attacks can never be justified. Our thoughts at this terrible time are with the victim's family and friends. We stand in solidarity with the British government and the people of Britain."

    1136: Breaking News

    Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking in Downing Street: "What happened yesterday has sickened us all."

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    David Cameron says the images seen by the public were "deeply shocking". "The people that did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger."

    David Cameron

    PM: "Today our thoughts are with the victim and with his family - they are grieving for their loved one and we have lost a brave soldier."


    "This morning I've chaired a meeting of Cobra and I want to thank the police and the security services." Mr Cameron says there are police investigations under way "so obviously there is a limit as to what I can say".


    David Cameron says: "This country will be absolutely resolute in its stand against violent extremism and terror. We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms."


    The PM says the "police will not rest until we know every single detail of what happened".


    David Cameron: "This was not just an attack on Britain, and on the British way of life, it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to this country. There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."

    David Cameron

    Mr Cameron says the UK's response must include "above all challenging the personal narrative of extremism".


    Mr Cameron also says the country must stand together, back its police and security services. He says Britain must work with its international partners to tackle terrorism.

    1148: Breaking News

    One of the suspects in the Woolwich attack is Michael Adebolajo, according to BBC sources.


    David Cameron says there is absolutely no justification for such acts as seen in Woolwich and confronting extremism is a "job for us all". He praises the brave Cup Scout leader, Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, who confronted one of the suspects.


    London Mayor Boris Johnson is visiting the scene of the crime in Woolwich.

    1150: Breaking News

    David Cameron concludes his statement in Downing Street by saying: "One of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives. That is what we shall do today."


    BBC reporters are discovering more details about Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo. He is 28 years old and left college in 2001. He is said to come from a very devout Christian family but converted to Islam after college. He is described as having been bright and witty when he was at college.


    During his statement, David Cameron said: "The point that the two suspects in this horrific attack were known to the security services has been widely reported. You would not expect me to comment on this when a criminal investigation is ongoing."


    London Mayor Boris Johnson, visiting the attack scene, says the response to the Woolwich murder is not a question of blaming Islam or British foreign policy, adding everybody can see the fault of this lies entirely in the minds of those who carried out the attack.


    In a statement, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says: "I am shocked by the brutality of this cold-blooded murder of a serviceman on the streets of London. We are co-operating with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation and will take all steps necessary to protect our servicemen and women. My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased."


    Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards adds: "I was appalled to hear of this abhorrent crime committed against one of our servicemen. I add my voice to that of the rest of the country in condemning this foul act and I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim during this most distressing time."

    simon byrne

    Met Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne appeals for calm as the investigation takes place. He also urges witnesses to contact the police with information and pictures. He says he does not know if the suspects are British nationals.


    Dr Brooke Rogers, senior lecturer in risk and terror in the department of war studies at King's College London, says: "I do think [extremist] websites are a significant problem. People can find the information if they want it and I think that is a problem. We very much need to keep a balance between freedom to access information and understand the nature of individuals and the psychological processes that occur when they see this information."


    BBC political editor Nick Robinson blogs regarding early coverage of the Woolwich murder: "One phrase and why I'm sorry I quoted it."

    aerial shot

    Here is a bird's eye view of London Mayor Boris Johnson walking away after making a short statement to journalists near the scene of the crime.


    Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspects in the Woolwich attack, is believed to be the man seen in a video shown on ITV News.


    We're getting pictures coming in of the house in Saxilby, Lincolnshire - some 150 miles away from the murder scene - that is being searched in connection with killing in Woolwich.


    Prime Minister David Cameron is in Woolwich.


    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond condemns the murder of the soldier in Woolwich as extraordinary brutality. He tells the Scottish Parliament at Question time that the purpose of terrorists is to divide communities, adding he will continue to try to hold communities together.


    Meanwhile, we are hearing London Mayor Boris Johnson was heckled in Greenwich. Up to a dozen men shouted at the mayor, calling for him to help send radical preacher Abu Qatada home. The mayor was being accompanied by police as he visited the scene of Wednesday's murder. Mr Johnson is now inside a council building. More than 20 officers are outside.

    Breaking News Daniel Sandford BBC News

    tweets: The family home of Michael Adebolajo (in Lincolnshire) is being searched #woolwich


    Yvette Cooper MP, shadow home secretary, tells the BBC: "This was a truly vile attack. People are trying to divide us, trying to sow anger, fear and hatred. It is really important that we unite together and show that strong, united community response and stand together against that violence."


    Jahan Mahmood, a community leader from Birmingham, tells the BBC the attackers are "two isolated individuals who appear to be brainwashed and indoctrinated". He says: "One of them appeared to quote from the Bible. An extreme jihadist would not quote from the Bible. We are sickened by these types of events and we are deeply disturbed by misguided interpretations of the faith."

    1240: Breaking News

    Sources confirm to the BBC that the two suspects in the Woolwich murder were known to the security services.

    1243: Breaking News

    Labour leader Ed Miliband says: "We are a united country, not a divided country. Anyone that tries to divide us will not succeed."

    town hall woolwich

    David Cameron is now at Woolwich town hall where he is being briefed. Crowds are gathering outside but there is a heavy police presence.

    Simon Israel Channel Four journalist

    tweets: #woolwich security source tells me the two featured in a number of investigations in the past 8 years

    Dominic Casciani BBC home affairs correspondent

    tweets: So the attackers, in some form in some way, were known to the security services. That could mean a lot of things. It could mean their names were known - but not necessarily much else. May be they were on the periphery of another plot. So until the govt clarifies who knew what and when - and what that meant in a broader context of terror ops - we're still in the dark.


    Labour leader Ed Miliband says of the Woolwich attack: "There are people who try and divide us with acts like this, and they've tried it before in London and they've failed - and they will always fail."


    He adds: "And there'll be people who try and use events like this to divide us, and they will fail too. And they will fail because the British people are united across different faiths, different religions, different backgrounds in their abhorrence of crimes like this and in values of decency and tolerance."

    ed miliband

    The Labour leader continues: "I think it's right that troops continue to wear their uniforms, which are the instructions which are going out today, because one of the ways in which we must ensure that terror doesn't win is by us going about our normal business. That's what you've seen on the streets of London today, that's what we're going to continue to do, and that's the best sign that we can send the best signal we can show that life will carry on in Britain and that the terror won't win."


    Senior Whitehall sources tell the BBC one of the suspects was intercepted by police last year, while leaving the country.

    Men pictured after Woolwich attack

    Another update of where we are with this story: The police have confirmed the man hacked to death in south-east London was a serving soldier. His identity is still being withheld at his family's request, but details have begun to emerge about one of the men caught on camera near an army barracks in Woolwich. BBC sources have named him as a Muslim convert called Michael Adebolajo (pictured on the left). Both of the suspects - who were shot by police in the aftermath - are in hospital under armed guard. It has emerged they were both known to the security services.


    BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says there is now both a murder inquiry being led by the police, and also a full-scale counter-terrorism investigation, also being led by SO15 - the counter terrorism command as part of special operations in the Metropolitan Police. They are being very much assisted by MI5 and security services, he says.


    Frank Gardner adds that while the suspects may have been subject to a security service investigation and possible surveillance in the past, the suggestions he is getting from Whitehall are that there were no indications they were going to do something violent. You can't always tell when someone with radical views is going to flip over and translate those views into violence, says our correspondent.

    Martin Brunt Sky News crime correspondent

    tweets: #woolwich Autopsy on murdered soldier being done now. His name expected to be released soon.


    Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi tells BBC Radio 4's World at One: "What I've been incredibly impressed with, coming out of this tragedy, is the way in which the British Muslim communities have so unreservedly and unitedly condemned these barbaric acts and said very clearly 'these are not in our name, not in the name of the faith of nearly three million people in this country', and have expressed their support for our servicemen and women."


    Police have yet to officially name the two suspects - but what is known about the men who said they had carried out the attack?

    Police officers conduct a fingertip search

    Meanwhile, counter-terrorism police and forensic teams are continuing to comb the crime scene. Police have carried out two raids in connection with the incident - one in London and one in Lincolnshire.

    Philippa Thomas BBC News

    tweets: "Part of the problem is that it's just Stone Age savagery" says Jack Straw on #WATO, asked about response to #Woolwich


    The BBC's Jeremy Ball, reporting from the scene of a police search in Saxilby, a village in rural Lincolnshire, says: "It is a smart executive development. Several streets have been sealed off by the police."


    Our correspondent says the chairman of Saxilby Parish Council issued a statement in which he said: "We are absolutely shocked that our friendly village has been caught up in this terrible incident. Our thoughts go out to the servicemen."


    Our correspondent adds that it is understood that the house being searched in Saxilby is registered in the same name as one of the suspects in the Woolwich attack.


    Joining First Minister Alex Salmond at Holyrood in condemning the attack are Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.


    Amy O'Connor, 19, and her boyfriend are among those to lay flowers at the scene of the killing. Amy, from Shooters Hill, south-east London, said: "I just feel that we need to support our country and stand up to terrorists and say 'no, you are not going to spoil our community'."

    1408: Mark Easton BBC home editor

    blogs on the Woolwich attack: "The ordinary and the extreme"


    Former Home Secretary Jack Straw says the part the killers' faith played in their actions had to be addressed: "We can't ignore the fact that, in this century, most religious-based terrorism draws its justification from a distorted view of Islam. In other centuries it was Christianity or Hindusim, for example. However it's just a fact of life that extreme versions, not of Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism, but of Islam are used as justifications for this kind of terrorism. We have to have that dialogue within the community."

    David Cameron and Nick Raynsford

    David Cameron was accompanied by local MP Nick Raynsford as the prime minister visited Woolwich in the wake of the attack.


    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg praises the work of the Metropolitan Police and security services. Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Clegg says they do a "remarkable job" and that "so much of what they do is unseen, so much of the threats that they stop are unheard of, but I have nothing but admiration for the work that they do".


    Mr Clegg also praises Muslim community leaders for their response to the Woolwich murder. He says: "I've been delighted to see this totally unambiguous and united message from one leader of our Muslim communities to the next over the last several hours, saying this is something that we abhor as much as anybody else from any other walk of life or any other faith in Britain today."


    Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford tells the BBC that his reaction to the events was one of "shock, horror, revulsion". "This represents something that is evil and damaging and destructive," he added.

    A Union Flag flies at half mast at Woolwich Barracks in memory of the dead soldier.

    A union flag flies at half mast at Woolwich Barracks in memory of the dead soldier.


    Speaking to the BBC World Service's Newshour, the vice-president of the Islamic Society of Britain, Julie Siddiqi, says: "It doesn't matter what is happening anywhere in the world. There is no justification for what we saw yesterday."


    Nick Clegg, also on LBC radio, says the MoD was right to initially instruct military personnel not to wear uniforms in public.


    The BBC's Robin Brant says Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is to investigate what MI5 knew about the two suspects.

    The BBC understands the investigation will be carried out in "weeks not months", although a Westminster source has stressed the committee does not want to do anything that would hinder the ongoing police and security service investigation. The committee will report to both Parliament and the prime minister.

    "I understand that senior members of the committee have been briefed by the head of MI5," says our correspondent.


    David Dixon, headteacher of Mulgrave Primary School, close to the scene of the killing, says: "Today our priority has been to focus on ensuring children have as calm and as normal a day as possible.

    "Parents have been very supportive of the school in this, despite the obvious shock at having such an incident take place in their community."

    He says staff have been talking informally with children this morning about what happened.


    Mulgrave Primary School chairman of governors Ian Taylor: "It's clear from the comments of parents that our staff were exemplary in their response to the incident, and I would like to pay tribute to their calmness and professionalism."


    Brigadier Robin Bacon, from ABF The Soldiers' Charity, tells the BBC: "There is absolute shock, horror and huge condolences to the soldier, to his family, his friends and his colleagues.

    "The outrage through the whole of the military community - the military family - is enormous".


    Brig Bacon goes on to say the "public has been absolutely fabulous". He adds this is an "awful worrying period" for many military families, friends and colleagues as people wait to find out the identity of the soldier who has died.


    Newsnight defence editor Mark Urban on five things that marked out the attack in south-east London in which a serving soldier was hacked to death by two assailants outside an army barracks.


    The New Statesman has an analysis of how it says "the media got it wrong and how the public can get it right" on Woolwich.

    "Too many titles handed the killers the megaphone they craved," writes Sunder Katwala. Read more here.


    "The people of Woolwich and nearby Plumstead have a strong bond with the army, one forged as much from living cheek to jowl as through mutual suffering," writes Martin Newman in his Huffington Post blog. "Those same people "will defy the far right and come together over [the] killing of a soldier son."

    Members of the community pay their respects

    Members of the community in Woolwich from different faiths have come to pay their respects for the soldier who was killed in the attack.


    "Was the London killing of a British soldier 'terrorism'?" asks US political journalist Glenn Greenwald for the Guardian's Comment is Free blog. "That this was a barbaric and horrendous act goes without saying, but given the legal, military, cultural and political significance of the term terrorism, it is vital to ask: is that term really applicable to this act of violence?" Read more here.

    Selection of the floral tributes that have been left outside Woolwich Barracks

    The number of floral tributes that have been left outside Woolwich Barracks have been increasing.


    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says he is "thinking and praying" for the family and colleagues of the murdered soldier in Woolwich. "Such loss & at centre of news. Peace & courage to them," he tweeted.

    He also praised churches and other faith groups in Woolwich for "keeping doors open, supporting those affected, foundations of peace & reconciliation".


    Imam Swaleh, from the nearby Greenwich Islamic Centre, says: "We are all very deeply shocked and saddened to have witnessed a terrible crime in our neighbourhood.

    "The local Muslim community has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the people from all walks of life, regardless of their religion, their colour or ethnic background. We do not and we will never support such evil acts, and strongly suggest that both of these men should be severely punished as criminals and not as so-called Muslims for the crime they have committed."


    "A shocking killing is a reminder that disorganised jihadists are harder to stop than organised ones," according to the Economist. What it calls the "appalling daylight murder" was in some ways, it says, "a throwback to an earlier era - late 19th Century anarchists in Europe developed a theory known as the 'propaganda of the deed', in which the theatricality of the crime was at least as important as the degree of violence employed".


    "This was a horrific act of violence but it's important we don't overreact," argues sociologist and author Frank Furedi in the Independent. "They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention."


    Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who led the city's response to the 2005 terror attacks, said security officials had warned the then Prime Minister Tony Blair about the Iraq invasion and he says that "we are still experiencing the dreadful truth of this warning".

    In a statement published by the Guardian he condemned the Woolwich killing as "horrific and barbaric" and said: "Terrorism has never broken London or its unity. It never will. It will fail."


    Plenty of reaction is still coming in after the brutal murder of the soldier who has still not been named.

    Just to recap two suspects shot by police have been arrested and are in hospital. Sources have confirmed to the BBC both were known to the security services prior to the attack. According to BBC sources one of the men is 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex.

    David Cameron, who earlier led a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee, has visited the community and military personnel in Woolwich.


    The Times newspaper is carrying a piece about why "the Woolwich terror killing has brought calls for the government to revive controversial 'snooper's charter' plans to extend official monitoring of everyone's emails and internet use. Find out more here.


    The Met Police Assistant Commissioner for specialist crime and operations, Mark Rowley, tells London's Police and Crime Committee: "Our shock at what happened on the streets of London city remains and we all feel the deepest sympathy for the victim's family and the local community shaken by what they saw. My main message to Londoners is 'please remain calm'. London is at its best when we all come together and now is the time to do that."


    Assistant Commissioner Rowley: "For operational reasons I am limited on what further details I can release but I can confirm that it's a fast-moving inquiry and police have conducted searches at a number of locations but it would not be appropriate for me to elaborate on this. As you would expect we are also liaising closely with the military to ensure appropriate security measures are in place in relation to military premises and personnel."


    The BBC's James Landale says a senior Whitehall source has told him the police are not saying whether they believe the two men suspected of killing the soldier in Woolwich acted alone or as part of a wider plot. "If anyone knows the answer to that question, they are not telling us," the source said. "At the last meeting I went to, they were not prepared to commit on that."


    The source made clear they had had no forewarning of the attacks. "Was there any discussion of 'why don't we do something' and things like that? Absolutely not. I know of no evidence that anyone had any knowledge that this was going to happen at all." The source suggested the next Cobra meeting was likely to be on Friday morning and likely to be for officials only, unless there were developments that required ministerial involvement.


    Peter Odam, chairman of Saxilby Parish Council, in Lincolnshire, says: "We have read that he [suspect Michael Adebolajo] resided in our village some nine years ago but nobody I have spoken with recalls him actually living here or being seen here in Saxilby." An address in Saxilby is being searched by police in connection with the attack.

    Police raid a flat in Greenwich, south-east London

    The Metropolitan Police says an extra 1,200 officers are on duty, and security at military bases has been stepped up, in the wake of Wednesday's attack. Among the officers on duty are those searching a flat in Greenwich.

    Hassib in Kabul, Afghanistan

    emails: This attack was so harmful for all the people of London. I am an Afghan and a Muslim. This attack is not in Islam. Those people are terrorists that do such a killing. We must come to gather and find a solution for this tragedy.


    In a comment piece for the Guardian Joe Glenton, a former soldier who completed one tour of duty in Afghanistan but refused to serve a second on legal and moral grounds, wrote: "It should by now be self-evident that by attacking Muslims overseas, you will occasionally spawn twisted and, as we saw yesterday, even murderous hatred at home. We need to recognise that, given the continued role our government has chosen to play in the US imperial project in the Middle East, we are lucky that these attacks are so few and far between."


    In another Guardian comment piece, Glenn Greenwald, a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues, asks: "Can it really be the case that when Western nations continuously kill Muslim civilians, that's not "terrorism", but when Muslims kill Western soldiers, that is terrorism?"


    Help for Heroes says thousands of people have visited its website to donate to the military charity in an "extraordinary demonstration of support and defiance of terrorism". The victim of Wednesday's attack is said to have been wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt at the time.


    Alfie Swain, who said he had met the victim, told BBC News: "I can't explain it, how much it hurts. I'd met him in and out of the Army base itself. Hearing that he's gone is just destroying. He was a nice man. He was caring, loving. I'm just terribly, terribly upset. I just want to burst into tears right now."

    Channel 4 News

    tweets: Soldiers overheard in Woolwich saying "we've been told to walk in pairs' #c4news


    Telegraph defence editor Con Coughlin blogs: "MI5 has some explaining to do if the Woolwich attackers were known threats."

    1701: Breaking News

    The Ministry of Defence names the soldier killed on Wednesday as Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London).


    The soldier's details are being released at this stage pending formal identification from the Metropolitan Police Service, the Ministry of Defence statement says.


    Drummer Lee Rigby, known as "Riggers" to his friends, was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester. The MoD says Drummer Rigby was "an extremely popular and witty soldier" and a "larger than life personality" within the Corps of Drums. He was "well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers", the MoD adds.

    Drummer Lee Rigby

    "A loving father to his son Jack, aged two, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him," the MoD says.


    In a statement posted on its website the MoD says Drummer Rigby was "a passionate and lifelong Manchester United fan". The statement adds: "The regiment's thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time."

    Anita Eames in Lidlington, Bedfordshire

    emails: As a soldier's mum, my heart goes out to the family who received THAT call yesterday. Please Mr Cameron act swiftly. We need to know that our government is looking after our lads.


    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, commanding officer of the Second Fusiliers, says Drummer Rigby was a "dedicated and professional soldier" and a "real character". He adds: "An experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus."


    Warrant Officer Class 1 Ned Miller, regimental sergeant major, said: "Riggers is what every battalion needs. He was one of the battalion's great characters always smiling and always ready to brighten the mood." He adds: "Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."


    Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says the entire defence community is "shocked and saddened" by the killing of Drummer Rigby. "This was a senseless murder of a soldier who has served the Army faithfully in a variety of roles, including operational tours in Afghanistan. Our thoughts today are with his family and loved ones."


    Captain Alan Williamson, Drummer Rigby's former platoon commander, says: "His loss will be felt across the battalion but this is nothing compared to how his family must be feeling at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."


    As details of the murdered soldier emerge, the community of Woolwich is in mourning for the man killed on its streets, writes BBC London's Ed Davey.

    Drummer Lee Rigby

    Drummer Rigby served in Cyprus and Germany, and was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan in April 2009. His time in the UK included standing outside royal palaces as part of his battalion's public duties.


    Sergeant Barry Ward, Drum Major in the Second Fusiliers, says Drummer Rigby was a "loving father, with a very bubbly character". He adds: "He was always around when needed and will be sorely missed by all members of the Second Fusiliers Corps of Drums."


    Wednesday's attack represents "a worrying new face of the terror threat to the UK", writes Kim Sungupta in the Independent.

    Jim Murphy shadow defence secretary

    tweets: Our thoughts are with the Rigby family. A brave, distinguished, young man victim to a barbaric act. They will have our unending support.


    Here is our story dedicated to tributes to Drummer Lee Rigby, who came from Greater Manchester.


    The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, says the killing has only reinforced the determination within the armed forces. "We are absolutely determined not to be intimidated into not doing the right thing, whether it is here in this country or in Afghanistan or wherever we seek to serve the nation."


    Sir David says he and the Prime Minister have agreed that personnel should resume wearing their military uniforms when they are off base. "I think this is a completely isolated incident - we wait to hear more but that is our view. There is no reason at all why we should not wear our uniforms with pride, but on a common sense basis."


    The BBC has uncovered its own footage of one of the Woolwich suspects, taking part in an Islamist demonstration in April 2007 against the arrest of a man from Luton. Michael Adebojalo can be seen standing in a crowd of men outside London's Paddington Green police station. He is holding a placard reading "Crusade Against Muslims".


    In the footage, Mr Adebojalo is standing next to Anjem Choudary, who was the leader of al-Muhajiroun, a now-banned organisation. Mr Choudary has confirmed to the BBC that the man standing next to him is Michael Adebojalo. He says the suspect was previously associated with the group, but then went his own way in around 2010.


    Mehdi Hassan, political editor of Huffington Post UK, says he believes "the British people" won't allow themselves to be influenced by crude groups who will use the murder to try to foster and incite hatred. "You are still more likely to be struck by a lightning bolt in the street or drown in your bath than be killed by terrorists," he says. "[Radicalisation] is happening in bedrooms, on computers, in internet chat forums, it is not happening in British mosques."

    1817: Wendy Cartwright in London

    tweets: RIP Lee Rigby. Killed in Woolwich yesterday. Thoughts with his family and 2 year old son. Just donated to @HelpforHeroes like lots have.

    1821: A BBC News website reader

    emails: Someone has set up a justgiving site to fundraise for Help for Heroes in memory of the amazing soldier - and it has already made thousands.

    1822: Breaking News

    Scotland Yard say a man and woman, both 29, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in relation to the Woolwich killing of Drummer Lee Rigby.


    US President Barack Obama condemns in the "strongest terms" the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby.


    President Obama says: "The United States stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror. There can be absolutely no justification for such acts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, the police and security services responding to this horrific act and the communities they serve, and the British people."

    Michael Adebojalo at a demonstration in 2007

    Here is an image from footage recovered by the BBC of one of the suspected Woolwich attackers, Michael Adebolajo. He was taking part in an Islamist demonstration outside Paddington Green police station in April 2007 against the arrest of a man from Luton.


    A total of four people including the two men, aged 22 and 28, shot by police have now been arrested in connection with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.


    Scotland Yard said search warrants had been executed at six residential addresses; three in south London, one in east London, one in north London and one in Lincoln. The searches are continuing.


    Met Police: "This is a large, complex and fast-moving investigation which continues to develop. Many lines of inquiry are being followed by detectives and the investigation is progressing well. Officers have been gathering information from witnesses, social media and a painstaking trawl of CCTV footage in the area is taking place. Forensic experts and specialist search officers have been carrying out a detailed examination of the scene in Woolwich. A number of items have been recovered from the scene."


    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the shooting of two men in Woolwich, has viewed CCTV footage of the police shooting which was captured on a local authority camera.


    The IPCC says two officers fired shots and one officer discharged a Taser.


    IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell says: "At this stage we are not pursuing any criminal or misconduct offences."


    Here are some of the main events that have taken place during another fast-moving day:

    • The soldier killed has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
    • He was aged 25 and from Manchester, and leaves behind a two-year-old son
    • Two suspects shot by police remain under arrest. A further two people, a man and woman, both aged 29, have been arrested
    • Police are continuing to search addresses in Greenwich, south-east London, and in a village near Lincoln
    • President Barack Obama has condemned in the "strongest terms" the killing of Drummer Rigby

    Police have reopened roads in the Woolwich area and the crime scene has been washed down, BBC producer Jonathan Josephs reports

    1922: Mrs Azeem in Peterborough

    emails: This attack is barbaric totally against what the Koran and our prophet teaches us. Islam is about peace. It teaches us love and respect for every being. No true Muslim could behave in such a manner. It also causes tensions between communities. I just pray we can learn to accept people of all faiths and communities.

    Latest scene from Woolwich

    Here is the latest scene from Woolwich, tweeted by BBC producer Jonathan Josephs.


    Military charity Help for Heroes has released a statement. It reads: "Since the sad news emerged that a serving soldier had been murdered in Woolwich, Help for Heroes has been overwhelmed with people spontaneously showing their support for the armed forces.

    "Help for Heroes was born of a simple desire to assist the wounded and that remains unchanged. All funds we receive will be used to provide direct, practical support to those affected by their service to our country. We ask all our volunteers, fundraisers and donors to remember the victim's family, colleagues and friends who are grieving."


    That concludes our live coverage of reaction to the Woolwich attack on a British soldier. Thank you for following events as they unfolded. We will continue to update our main news story on the killing.


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