LONDON - Amid a Muslim outrage of the grisly murder, British officials distanced Thursday, May 23, Islam from the killing of an army cadet by two machete-wielding men in London.
"This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life, British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters following an emergency meeting with cabinet members and security officials.
It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country.
There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."
An army cadet was hacked to death by two machete-wielding men on Wednesday near an army barrack in Woolwich, south London.
A video footage showed two men blaming British policies for the killing and calling on Britons to remove their government.
"We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, the man says in the video.
You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns you think politicians are going to die?
British officials said that one of the attackers was British of Nigerian origin.
Local media identified one of the attackers as 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo and said police raided the home of his Nigerian family in a village near the eastern English city of Lincoln.
Both men appeared to have converted to Islam from Christian immigrant backgrounds, British media said.
Cameron called for Britons to unite to defeat extremism and terrorism.
"We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms," he said, adding that the best way to combat terrorism is to go about our normal lives.
London was last hit by a serious militant attack in July 2005, when four young Islamists set off suicide bombs on the public transport network, killing 52 people.
Britain has long known political violence on the streets.
In 2009, two British soldiers were shot dead outside a barracks in Northern Ireland in an attack claimed by Irish republicans.
Don't Blame Islam
London mayor Boris Johnson also distanced Islam from the grisly murder of the army cadet.
One obvious point, it is completely wrong to blame this killing on Islam but also wrong to draw a link between this murder and British foreign policy, Johnson said ahead of the meeting.
The fault lies with the warped mind-set of those who did it and for the sake of the victim and his family the killers need to be brought to justice.
The attack has invited widespread condemnations from the Muslim community in Britain for contradicting the basic Islamic teachings.
This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said.
Muslims have long served in this country's Armed Forces, proudly and with honor.
The umbrella group called on all Britons, Muslims and non-Muslims, to unite to defeat extremism.
This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom, the MCB said.
We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.
Britain's 2.7 million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks.
A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net