Eyewitness Describes Encounter with London Attacker

Created: 2013-05-23 11:03 EST

Category: World > Europe

A woman describes the moment she came face to face with a man who had just killed a British soldier.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennet was travelling on a bus on Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle came to a standstill at the scene of the crime.

[Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, Eyewitness to the Aftermath]:
"When I approached the body there was a lady cradling him and then the guy, the most excited one of the two said 'don't go too close to the body'."

She said she tried to talk with the man to distract and pacify him as crowds began to gather.

[Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, Eyewitness to the Aftermath]:
"He said, don't touch, I killed him, and I said why? And he said he's a British soldier, he's killed people, he killed Muslim people in Muslim countries and have nothing to do here. And I said ok, so what would you like? And I tried to talk about what he felt, and he said all the bombs dropping and killing blindly."

She said she was not worried about her safety.

[Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, Eyewitness to the Aftermath]:
"Better me than a child, because unfortunately there were more and more mothers with children stopping around, but so it was more and more important that I talked to him and then I asked him what he wanted."

Both suspects in the attack, conducted in broad daylight, are in custody after being shot by police while they were being arrested.