The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), also known as the God Hates Fags church, has posted an image online, suggesting that the murder in Woolwich today, was God’s judgement for the UK’s acceptance of gay people.
Two men have been arrested in relation to the attack which took place this afternoon outside Woolwich army barracks in London.
The two suspected Muslim extremists were arrested after a man was killed outside the barracks. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the victim was a soldier, and that he was wearing a Help for Heroes UK military charity t-shirt.
Two suspects were shot and wounded, and taken to hospital, one by air ambulance, following the attack.
Footage appeared on ITV this evening, in which one of the attackers, who was holding a meat cleaver and a knife, said: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”
He then explained his actions: “I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.”
The sickening flyer posted on the WBC’s Twitter pages, included images of the two suspects, taken from the ITV News report, and the text: “God is your terrorist”, “God hates the UK”, Fags doom nations”, “God curses the troops”, and “Not blessed, just cursed”.
Members of the church were banned from entering the UK in 2009 because of their practices of picketing the funerals of the military, mass shootings, terror attacks and the victims of natural disasters. The attack in Woolwich came the day after the House of Commons voted in favour of same-sex marriage, in the third reading of the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill.
David Cameron has returned to Westminster from a trip to Paris. He will chair a meeting of emergency response committee Cobra on Thursday. The committee already met today, and decided to increase security at Woolwich, and other barracks.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe described the murder as “shocking and horrific”, and said it was being treated as a terrorist incident.
He said: “It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal.
“We have launched a murder investigation, being led by the Counter Terrorism Command. Two men have been arrested in connection with that murder.”
Following the attack, around a hundred gathered near the scene in Woolwich town centre, including members of the English Defence League, who were met by a heavy police presence, including those wearing riot gear.
The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church yesterday thanked God for a lethal tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving at least 24 people dead, saying it’s because of gay basketball player Jason Collins.