Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Woolwich: Eyewitness Ingrid Loyau-Kennett gives extraordinary account of her confrontation with two alleged killers in a London street

Suspects: Two men with knifes at scene of Woolwich attack
Suspects: Two men with knifes at scene of Woolwich attack
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered.
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered.
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered.
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered.
Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered.
Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich.Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The scene at Woolwich, pictured by @Yusuf_Kayalar/Twitter.
The scene at Woolwich, pictured by @Yusuf_Kayalar/Twitter.
The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wir
The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Police activity near a crashed car (rear) with a broken windscreen close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Home Secretary Theresa May arrives for a COBRA security meeting in Downing Street on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating an attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and that firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Police talk to local residents near to the scene in Woolwich, following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A general view of Woolwich Barracks, near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Cub scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, confronted the Woolwich attack suspects and asked them to hand over their weapons, telling them: "right now it is only you versus many people, you are going to lose."

Mrs Loyau-Kennett was travelling past the gruesome scene on a number 53 bus as the attack was taking place. “Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident - 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 solider 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.”'

She added that the attacker seemed "in full control of his decisions and ready to do everything he wanted to do. 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.”

She then approached the other suspect in a bid to convince him to hand over his weapons. “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?’ 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 as well."

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