CAIRO - A machete attack on an army cadet in London on Wednesday, May 22, is inviting the outrage of the Muslim community in Britain for contradicting the basic teachings of Islam.
This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly, the umbrella Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.
An army cadet was hacked to death by two machete-wielding men near an army barrack in Woolwich, south London.
Video footage filmed by an onlooker and broadcast by Britain's ITV news channel showed a man with hands covered in blood and holding a bloodied knife.
"We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, the man carrying a knife and a machete says in the video.
"I apologize 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."
He then says 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?
The two attackers were shot by the police and were taken to hospital.
British Prime Minister David Cameroon said there were strong indications that it is a terrorist incident.
"People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack, said Cameroon, who shortened his visit to Paris to return to London.
"It is the most appalling crime. We are obviously seeking, and the police are urgently seeking, the full facts about this case."
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.
Distancing the attack from their community, British Muslims reiterated support for government efforts to safe their country.
Muslims have long served in this country's Armed Forces, proudly and with honor, the MCB said.
This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonorable, and no cause justifies this murder.
The umbrella group has raised concern that the attack could fuel hostility against Muslims in Britain.
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.
It is important we allow our police authorities to do their job without speculation. We also urge the utmost vigilance and ask the police authorities to calm tensions.
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