May 23 - London Mayor Boris Johnson and British PM David Cameron stress that the murder of a British soldier by an alleged Islamist has nothing to do with Islam. Lindsey Parietti reports.
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London Mayor Boris Johnson visits the scene of the gruesome attack that has shocked the city.
He tried to reassure citizens after a British soldier was hacked to death in Woolwich by two men shouting Islamic slogans.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR BORIS JOHNSON SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS, SAYING:
"… those guilty will be brought speedily to justice. And second, I have absolutely no doubt that Londoners can go about their lives in the normal way today."
London newspapers were filled with images of the killer, hands bloodied, saying the attack was in retaliation for Britain's killing of Muslims abroad.
On his way to an emergency meeting of senior officials, Johnson appealed for calm.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING:
"It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam. But it also equally wrong to try to draw any link between this murder and British foreign policy, or the action of British forces who are risking their lives abroad for the sake of freedom."
Prime Minister David Cameron also distanced the attack from Islam.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING:
"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."
Police shot the two suspects while trying to arrest them. They were later taken into custody.
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