Thursday, May 23, 2013

London attack mirrors plot to behead Muslim soldier

If a man hacked to death on a London street does turn out to be a British solider it will have echoes of other plots on British soil in recent years.

Lawmaker Nick Raynsford told CNN the victim of Wednesday's attack in Woolwich was a serving soldier based at a nearby barracks, and the UK government is treating it as a suspected terrorist attack.

In 2007 four men were imprisoned over a plot to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier on leave and behead him in a Birmingham garage. The group's ringleader Parviz Khan intended to behead the soldier "like a pig" and release footage of the killing on the internet.