Beheaded in her garden. And the media and British dhimmi Uk authorities (Scotland Yard) release the story emphatically stating it “is not terrorism” knowing full well the murderer was Muslim. Their concern was not for the Christian victim of Italian descent in this heavily populated Muslim neighborhood, but of protecting Islam.
(Reuters) – An elderly woman was found beheaded at a house in a north London suburb on Thursday, British media reported, in an incident that police said did not appear to be terrorist related.
Officers said they were called to the house in Edmonton following reports of a man armed with a [machete], and found the woman’s body in the garden. She was named as 82-year-old Palmira Silva who detectives believe is of Italian descent. (Reuters)
Just a day after the Foley and Sotloff beheadings, a woman was found beheaded in Edmonton. Not five minutes after the woman, beheaded in her backyard in broad daylight by a “machete-wielding” man (like Lee Rigby) who had been menacing people in a number of backyards previous to the beheading, police stated firmly that it was not “terrorist-related.” How did they know that?
One witness has told Sky News a man was “fighting” with police.
Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, who is leading the investigation, described it as a “a highly visible attack in broad daylight”.
Clearly the Islamic State beheadings are the ….. inspiration.
It has been reported that the killer targeted more than one person, with other victims attempting to flee the scene in a car. A silver-grey Ford can be seen inside the police-cordon area with visible damage, and a smashed window.
“Woman beheaded ‘with machete’ in north London garden,” Telegraph, September 4, 2014:
An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London garden after a crazed attacker went beserk with a machete.
Pensioner Palmira Silva was decapitated at her house in Edmonton in broad daylight in an apparent frenzied assault by a 25-year-old man who randomly targeted victims.
The horror scene unfolded as terrified eye witnesses saw the man, who was wielding a foot long blade, attack a passing vehicle and a cat before roaming back gardens for a victim.
Police believe the man also tried to attack two people at another address in Nightingale Road but they were able to escape without injury.
The man was arrested after armed police, who had distracted him to avoid other attacks, cornered him in a house and Tasered him, during which some officers were injured.
Ms Silva was pronounced dead at the scene.
One line of inquiry for detectives is now understood to be whether the man had been inspired by recent footage of the Isil beheadings of two US journalists in Syria.
Locals last night claimed the arrested man had converted to Islam last year.
However, detectives said they had ruled out terrorism as a motive for the killing.
Eye witnesses described a dramatic operation by police called to the scene in which officers were smashing windows of neighbouring properties lift screaming children and terrified residents to safety.
One neighbour told of her narrow escape and that she believed the attacker was a local man.
Catering worker Freda Odame, 30, said she heard a commotion and pulled back her curtains and saw a black man aged in his mid 20s.
“Someone was shouting and the door was banging. I could hear the screaming but I could not hear what he was saying,” she said.
“I could see that he had a big curved knife, about the size of an arm’s length and he was crouching as if frantically searching for something.
“He had a crazed look in his eyes so I closed my curtains because I was scared. My next door neighbour was in his garden but did not seem to realise anything was going on.
“I have seen him around here all the time, I think he lives on the road, He has a grey car and I think he lives with his family.
“I was just so very scared. Five minutes after I heard him screaming the police knocked on my door and told me I had to get out.”
Neighbour Sue Mahadooa, 50, who saw police cars screech to a halt outside her home, said officers were running down the street shouting at people to get out of their homes.
Officers with battering rams began breaking down front doors and smashing windows to help neighbours to safety, unaware of which property the killer was in.
Ms Mahadooa said the house at which it is believed the woman was killed in the back garden is split into three maisonettes and police were desperate to get residents out of the flats without sending them into the corridor of the property.
“These officers ran up and started trying to help these two children and a woman out of the little top window of the ground floor,” she said.
“The woman couldn’t get through the window so they started smashing the bigger one, but then I saw them get her out of the front door.
“She was very frightened. The kids were crying and looked very scared. There was clearly something awful going on inside the house.”
George Stylianou said: “Policewomen were sprinting past us and screaming at us ‘get back – you don’t understand how dangerous this man is.’
“Then we saw that policemen were running along the road dragging women and children out of windows – they had to smash windows to drag women out.”
Ahmed Yusuf, 19, said: “At first there were two police cars, then all of a sudden there were 20.
“The police said to drop everything. I said ‘What’s going on?’ and they said there’s a guy jumping over gardens.”
Earlier one witness had Tweeted: “Madman on the loose with a machete in Edmonton”.
Edmonton MP Andy Love said: “I am absolutely horrified and stunned by what has happened in my constituency.
“This is a relatively solid community with relatively good relations between all of the people living there. It comes as a shock that it has happened.
Mini cab driver Ricardo Kwiek, 23, told of how he saw a young man fighting with police before being bundled into a van.
“There were policemen trying the front door and the back. The chap inside wasn’t letting them in,” he said.
“They got in the back door. They came out with a man who was struggling and fighting.
“He wasn’t giving up. I could see loads of police fighting with him. They all piled on top of him and arrested him.
Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford said: “Officers who attended the scene evacuated a number of those people from those premises to make them safe.
“During that period they distracted the man from carrying out any further attacks.”
He said his officers had done “everything they could to evacuate people from those premises and that clearly they were aware of what had happened and they put themselves in extreme danger to protect the public, to ensure that his behaviour was stopped as soon as it possibly could be”.
DCI John Sandlin, who is leading this investigation, said: “This is was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street. I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.
“Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.”
The arrested man was being treated for minor injuries suffered during his apprehension.
Here is an earlier report:
BREAKING NEWS: Woman is found beheaded ‘with a machete’ in London back garden – but police say it is NOT terror attack
Officers called to the north London address just after 1pm today
There they found the victim collapsed in a back garden
Some eyewitnesses said they saw a man killing cats beforehand
A Taser gun was deployed and a 25-year-old man arrested nearby
A police officer was injured during the arrest, suffering a broken wrist
The man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody
Scotland Yard said there is no suggestion killing had terrorist motive
The next door neighbour of the house where the attack took place, who wished not to be named, said: ‘I heard lots of screaming and shouting coming from next door.
‘Then a guy with a knife was in our back garden. There was a lot of blood on the knife and he was just hacking away at stuff. It’s just unbelievable, I’m so shocked.’
‘They were talking to the family inside. I saw two kids being held out of the window, I think they were boys by a woman. She looked like their mother and was older than the guy arrested.Then the police smashed their way into the house.
‘The family looked like they might be from Afghanistan. They were screaming and crying. I saw a police lady holding both of them.
‘The mother came out and then they went into the van.’
Police have launched a murder investigation after today’s incident in which a woman was killed in Edmonton
Police at the scene: The victim was found at an address in Edmonton, north London, just after 1pm today
Investigation: Specialist firearms officers were deployed to an address in Edmonton, north London, just after 1pm
Woman found beheaded in Edmonton, north London
Man arrested on suspicion of murder after police find victim in back garden of property
Woman found beheaded in Edmonton, north London
Man arrested on suspicion of murder after police find victim in back garden of property
Vikram Dodd and Peter Walker
theguardian.com, Thursday 4 September 2014
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after officers found a woman who had reportedly been beheaded in the back garden of a home in a London suburb.
The victim was found at an address on Nightingale Road, Edmonton, north London, just after 1pm on Thursday.
Firearms officers were sent to the scene and one officer was injured, suffering a broken wrist, during the detention of a 25-year-old man.
The Metropolitan police said officers had fired a Taser, which directs an electric current at a suspect police want to subdue, during the incident.
Police said they were called at 1.07pm to reports of a man armed with a knife. “On arrival officers found a woman, no further details at this stage, collapsed in a garden area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Link to video: Edmonton woman found beheaded in garden: aerial views of crime scene
Officers were still trying to locate all the woman’s next of kin and would not confirm the injuries suffered or the weapon or weapons used to inflict them.
Paramedics called to the scene immediately realised the victim was dead, such was the severity of her wounds. London ambulance service had dispatched the air ambulance to the scene in the hope that her life could be saved.
The incident, coming two days after video of a terrorist beheading of a US journalist gained widespread media coverage, sparked speculation as to its cause.
However, the attack on the woman is not believed by police to be terrorist-related and hours on from the incident specialist counter-terrorism officers were not involved in the inquiry, which they would be if violent extremism was suspected as a causal factor in the attack.
One man who lives in a house near the apparent killing said he was roused by police at about 12.30pm while shaving.”There was a big knock on the front door with uniformed police standing outside,” said Dennis Lattimor, 78.
“They as good as dragged me away down the street, saying there was a dangerous man on the loose. I didn’t even have time to put a shirt on – I had to borrow one from someone.”
Lattimor said he had lived on the road for 43 years but did not currently know many neighbours. “A lot of the houses are rented, so there’s a lot of turnover of people,” he said.
Officers at the scene said it was possible the stretch of road could be sealed off overnight.
Another man who lives near the scene said he learned from other neighbours that a man carrying a machete had been seen in a series of back gardens on the road before the killing.
“My neighbour, who works nights, said she was woken by noise from a man in her back garden. He had a machete,” said Isik Saban.
Other neighbours said the man was seen in three or four other gardens on the road, he said. The rear of the homes are accessible using a small alley, Saban added.
DCI John Sandlin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street. I can understand why this may cause people concern. However, we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.
“Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist-related.
“Local officers and specialist detectives are at the scene and will remain there for many hours to come.
“Specially trained family liaison officers will be deployed to support the family; we request that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
The Met added: “A 25-year-old man was detained by firearms officers near the scene of the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody. One firearms officer was injured during the course of the arrest, believed to be suffering from a broken wrist. Taser was discharged by officers.”
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