A British mother of two risked her own life on Wednesday in trying to persuade two Muslim terrorists to hand over their weapons after they butchered a soldier to death in broad daylight on a busy London street.
“He was not high, he was not on drugs, he was not an alcoholic or drunk. He was just distressed, upset,” Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, a Cub Scout leader who lives in Cornwall, told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday. “He was in full control of his decisions and ready to everything he wanted to do.
Loyau-Kennett was referring to a man wearing a black jacket and a black hat who was carrying a gun, a knife, and an axe. He also had blood on his hands.
She confronted both men after getting off a public bus when she saw the soldier — identified by the British Ministry of Defense as Drummer Lee Rigby, 25 — lying in the middle of the street near the Royal Artillery Barracks in the neighborhood of Woolwich.
Rigby was a member of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, an infantry regiment of the British Army.
Loyau-Kennett was one of the first people on the scene, the Telegraph reports. The attackers were captured on cellphone video covered in blood and spouting jihadist rhetoric right after the attack.
“Being a cub leader I have my first aid — so when I saw this guy on the floor, I thought it was an accident,” Loyau-Kennett said. “Then, I saw the guy was dead, and I could not feel any pulse.
“And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives — and he said ‘move off the body.’
“So I thought, ‘OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ — and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said 'what do you want?’
“I asked him if he did it — and he said ‘yes’ and I said, ‘Why?’ and he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries. He said he was a British soldier — and I said, ‘really’ — and he said: 'I killed him because he killed Muslims, and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan. They have nothing to do there.’”
The killers had hacked at Rigby “like a piece of meat,” witnesses told authorities — and when Loyau-Kennett arrived, they were roaming John Wilson Street waiting for police to stage a final confrontation with them, the Telegraph reports.
“I started to talk to him — and I started to notice more weapons and the guy behind him with more weapons as well,” Loyau-Kennett said. “By then, people had started to gather around. So I thought, ‘OK, I should keep him talking to me before he noticed everything around him.’
“I said: ‘Right now, it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose. What would you like to do?’ — and he said, ‘I would like to stay and fight.’”
The man in the black hat then went to speak to someone else, and Loyau-Kennett then tried talking to the second man. He was wearing a light-colored coat.
“The other one was much shier — and I went to him and I said: ‘Well, what about you? Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?’” she told the Telegraph. “I did not want to say ‘weapons,’ but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there. Children were starting to leave school.”
Loyau-Kennett left the scene when armed police arrived.
The men, whom authorities have not yet identified, were shot in the legs by British police and remained hospitalized, Scotland Yard officials told Fox News.
British police made two more arrests and searched multiple properties on Thursday in the investigation into Rigby’s death.
The arrests of a man and a woman, both 29, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, raises the possibility that the attack was not a so-called "lone wolf" killing as once thought, Fox reports.
It had been reported that the attackers were known to both British authorities and a radical jihadist group well before the attack, Fox reports.
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