London on edge and police fill the street as public beheading stokes ethnic tensions
Residents of the southeast London neighbourhood where a British soldier was slaughtered in a terrorist attack yesterday reacted with unease at what the incident meant for immigrant relations.
Prime Minister David Cameron called the killing by two men wielding knives and meat cleavers a “betrayal of Islam” and warned against “knee-jerk responses.” In Woolwich, the area where the attack occurred outside an army barracks, residents said they were concerned at the effect it would have on a changing neighborhood.
“We are worrying so much about the problem of radicalism,” Saeed Omer, a 44-year-old resident of Woolwich who is Muslim and originally from Somalia, said in an interview. “Our communities will suffer.” (ITV screengrab // JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)