Woolwich attack: It was attack on Britain, betrayal of Islam, says PM

LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday the brutal murder of a soldier by two suspected Islamists on a London street was an attack on Britain and a betrayal of Islam.

“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 our country,” he said.

“There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.”

In a video taken shortly after Wednesday’s brutal attack near a barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, one of the suspects says that “we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting unless you leave us alone” and demands British troops are brought back from “our lands”.

Speaking outside his Downing Street office following a meeting with national security chiefs, Mr Cameron said Britain was “absolutely resolute in its stand against violent extremism and terror”.

“We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms,” he said, adding that this view was shared by every community in Britain.

“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.”

He added: “There is absolutely no justification for these acts and the fault for them lies solely and purely with the sickening individuals who carried out this appalling attack.”