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On busy London street two men, one with a meat cleaver, cut head off of off-duty soldier and one delivers angry speech to people walking by. (morning update: Victim named, more arrests made, suspects identified) 


Morning update (AFP and other agencies)

British police made two further arrests Thursday and raided houses across London following the brutal murder of a serving soldier who survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The dead soldier has been identified as 25-year-old Lee Rigby. The victim, who has a two-year-old son Jake, was a machine gunner who served with NATO-led forces in Afghanistan in 2009, the defence ministry said.

The two murder suspects, aged 28 and 22, are believed to be Britons of Nigerian origin. They apparently converted from Christianity to Islam several years ago and came under the influence of radical Muslims.

The two chief suspects are under arrest in separate hospitals after being shot by police who they had apparently tried to attack. The suspects are both stable and their injuries are not life threatening, police said.

brutal – extremely violent and unpleasant โหดร้าย
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม, การฆาตกรรม
identified – named  ระบุชื่อ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
convert – to change your beliefs, especially your religious beliefs, or to persuade someone to do this ปลี่ยนความเชื่อ,เปลี่ยนศาสนา
influence – the power to have an effect on people or things อิทธิพล
radical – of someone who believes that important political or social changes are necessary and willing to take extreme actions to make them happen หัวรุนแรง
stable – not changing frequently and not likely to suddenly become worse  คงที่, มั่นคง

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'British soldier' butchered in suspected Islamist attack

By James Pheby (AFP)

Killer delivering tirade to passers-by after beheading off-duty British soldier who lies in background.

LONDON - Two men wielding knives butchered and beheaded a man believed to be a British soldier in a busy London street, before delivering an Islamist tirade to passers-by...

...Eyewitnesses described how after the two men carried out their attack, they stayed at the scene, asking passers-by to photograph and film them.

The attack happened near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.

Armed police shot and wounded the two attackers after bystanders had called them to the scene.

Amateur footage of one of the men carrying a blood-stained knife and meat cleaver shows him saying: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."

The man, a black man dressed in a hooded jacket and black woolly hat, speaks in a London accent.

"We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," he says.

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."

Reports said the man attacked was wearing a t-shirt bearing the logo of the British military charity Help for Heroes.

Several eyewitnesses said he had been decapitated.

Rapper Boya Dee, who witnessed the incident, wrote on his Twitter account: "Ohhhhh myyyy God!!!! I just see a man with his head chopped off right in front of my eyes."

...when asked ... why they had carried out the attack one of them said they wanted "to start a war in London tonight"...

Britain's top policeman confirmed two men had been arrested... 

"We have launched a murder investigation, being led by the Counter Terrorism Command," explained Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

...Police later arrested two people as they tried to quell revenge attacks. 

A 43-year-old man was detained in Braintree, southeast England, after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife; another man was in custody in nearby Gillingham on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage to a mosque, spokesmen for the two forces confirmed...

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(Source: Bangkok Post, 'British soldier' butchered in suspected Islamist attack, By James Pheby (AFP), link)   


Murder Vocabulary


2013 Woolwich Attack - "on 22 May 2013, an off-duty British soldier was murdered in Woolwich, South East London, in an Islamist attack. Two suspects were shot by police and were taken to hospital in a serious condition" (See Wikipedia & Huffington Post)

off-duty - not working as a soldier or police
off-duty British soldier

butcher - kill people in a violent and cruel way
suspected - thought to be something เป็นที่สงสัย

Islamist - "militant individuals and organisations who use - or rather misuse - Islam (religion of Muslims) to further their political aims. They principally rely on terrorism and fear to obtain what they want and are helped by many governments who use these militants to instil fear into their own populace in order to justify an unnecessary reduction in civil liberties and the wanton disregard of privacy" (See Urban Dictionary & Free Dictionary & pronunciation)
Islamist attack

'British soldier' butchered in suspected Islamist attack

wield - carrying
wielding knives - carrying knives, having knives in their hands

beheaded
- decapitated; having the head cut off ถูกตัดศีรษะ
beheaded a man

decapitated - Same as "beheaded"
chop off
head - Same as "beheaded"  
man with his head chopped off

Two men wielding knives butchered and beheaded a man believed to be a British soldier in a busy London street

tirade - angry words, a long angry speech that is critical and finds fault with something or someone  คำด่าว่า, คำพูดยืดยาว, การพูดประณามที่ยืดยาวและเผ็ดร้อน, การปราศรัยที่ดุเดือด, ข้อความที่มีข้อคิดเห็นเดียว
delivering a tirade

passers-by - people walking past something คนเดินผ่าน,  คนเดินไปมา
delivering an Islamist tirade to passers-by...

eyewitnesses - people who saw some event happen (such as a crime)

carry out - do
carried out their attack

the scene - Same as "the crime scene"
crime scene -
the scene of a crime (the place where a crime happened) สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
they stayed at the scene

...Eyewitnesses described how after the two men carried out their attack, they stayed at the scene, asking passers-by to photograph and film them.

armed -
having a weapon such as a gun
armed police

shot - to shoot a gun at person to hurt or kill them  ยิง, ยิงปืน
wounded - injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
shot and wounded the attackers

bystander -  a person who sees some event happen (such as a crime) but is not involved in it ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์ 
bystanders called police to the scene

Armed police shot and wounded the two attackers after bystanders had called them to the scene.

footage - a film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าว ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
amateur footage - video shot by an ordinary person (not a trained cameraman or professional)

meat cleaver - a knife with a large heavy blade used for cutting large pieces of meat เครื่องมือ หรือมีดที่ใช้แล่เนื้อ
a blood-stained knife and meat cleaver

Amateur footage of one of the men carrying a blood-stained knife and meat cleaver shows him saying: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you."

hood - part of clothing or jacket that covers the head ผ้าคลุมศีรษะ
jacket - เสื้อชั้นนอก, แจ็คเก็ต
hooded jacket

wooly
- a warm hat made from the wool of a sheep ซึ่งทำด้วยขนสัตว์
hat
- a thing that covers and protects the head and blocks sun from head and eyes หมวก
woolly hat


accent - the sound of a person's voice, different for different places of origin สำเนียง
speaks in a London accent

The man, a black man dressed in a hooded jacket and black woolly hat, speaks in a London accent.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

"We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," he says.

witness - 1. to see something happen; 2. a person who sees something happen ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
apologise - to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for cause a problem ขอโทษ

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. 

logo - a special design or way of writing the company's name put on all products and advertisements
a logo on a t-shirt

charity - involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support การกุศล
the logo of a charity

Reports said the man attacked was wearing a t-shirt bearing the logo of the British military charity Help for Heroes.

eyewitnesses - people who (supposedly) saw a crime happen

Several eyewitnesses said he had been decapitated.

incident - an unpleasant event (something that happened that was unpleasant)

Rapper Boya Dee, who witnessed the incident, wrote on his Twitter account: "Ohhhhh myyyy God!!!! I just see a man with his head chopped off right in front of my eyes."

confirmed - said that a claim is true, verified
arrested - to be taken by the police (accused of crime, put in jail to await trial) ถูกรวบ, ถูกตำรวจจับกุม

Britain's top policeman confirmed two men had been arrested... 

murder - the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
investigation - the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
a murder investigation

launched - started เริ่มต้นดำเนินการ began เริ่ม
launched a murder investigation

"We have launched a murder investigation, being led by the Counter Terrorism Command," explained Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

revenge - hurt someone because they hurt you, as payback แก้แค้น

revenge attacks

quell - to cause a violent situation to end ยุติความรุนแรง
quell revenge attacks

...Police later arrested two people as they tried to quell revenge attacks. 

mosque - a place of worship in the religion of Islam สุเหร่า, มัสยิด

detained - kept in jail, not free to leave
in custody - Same as "detained"

race
(noun) - a group of people with the same skin colour or other phyiscal features of their body เชื้อชาติ,  เผ่าพันธุ์
racial (adjective)
racially (adverb)

aggravated - a crime made worse by something
racially aggravated - a crime made worse by race (done to someone because they had a different race)

suspicion - a feeling that something bad is probably is true  ความสงสัย
in custody on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage to a mosque

spokesmen - people who make officials announcements for an organisation 
confirm - to tell people heard is really true ยืนยัน

spokesmen for the two forces confirmed

A 43-year-old man was detained in Braintree, southeast England, after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife; another man was in custody in nearby Gillingham on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage to a mosque, spokesmen for the two forces confirmed...

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