A man widely reported to be a British soldier was murdered Wednesday in London. Two men believed to be attackers were shot by police and taken to separate hospitals.
One of the attackers, carrying what appeared to be a butcher's cleaver and a machete, was videotaped by a bystander after the attack.
"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you," said the man, whose hands were red with blood. "The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye-for-an-eye a tooth-for-tooth."
Before returning to a man believed to be his accomplice, he added: "I apologize that women 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 BBC reports that the victim was wearing a t-shirt for the military charity Help for Heroes when he was rammed by a car driven by the two suspects, who got out of their vehicle and hacked the man to death.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack was "absolutely sickening" and that "there are strong indications that this is a terrorist incident." French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a joint press conference with Cameron in Paris, offered condolences.
Hollande said the victim was a British soldier, but Cameron did not confirm the fact.
Witness Graham Wilder told the BBC in an interview streamed online that at least one of the men had a handgun. Wilder, who helped usher children inside a nearby school, said he heard four gun shots after police arrived, and that he doesn't believe the suspects fired them.
London Mayor Boris Johnson called the attack "a sickening deluded and unforgivable act of violence" in a tweet.
Some witnesses said the victim was beheaded. It's unclear why the suspects did not flee.
"They were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs from him," a witness told LBC radio. "These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. ... They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road."
The attack happened near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London's Woolwich district in southeast London. Police roadblocks were set up in the area after the afternoon murder. Many British Muslim groups have condemned the attack.
Listen: A witness describes the attack: