The horrific killing of a serving soldier by two machete-wielding assailants, in broad daylight in Woolwich in south-east London, has sparked protests and riots. Members of the English Defence League (EDL), an anti-Islam group, took to streets and clashed with police at the scenes, by bottle hurling and chanting nationalistic songs.
The gruesome and barbaric nature of the killing has understandably created outrage across the world and revenge attacks have already begun. Fortunately, not everybody thinks violence is the answer to the brutal attack. Twitter users reacted to the situation, asking for peace and harmony.
"@ChantelleWaller Muslims should not have to suffer because of the violent acts performed today. Just the two sick scumbags #woolwich"
"@ru4peace2 Agreed!!! "@micalauren25: A whole religion should not be condemned because of the horrific work of two individuals #woolwich #solider""
"@ShivaniGhai So heartbreaking to hear about the Woolwich attack. Thoughts & prayers with the family. Hope this doesn't lead to more violence & insanity," adding, "To the people preaching hate,or using this as an opportunity to vent their racism,no matter what your ethnicity or belief, it's disgusting."
"@marny52 My heart goes out to the young man who lost his life in Woolwich..We must never give up our work for peace together WE will win#restinpeace"
"@Jessica_Derrick Feel so sick reading about the Woolwich attack. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
"@metalvicar Been praying tonight - for Muslim sisters & brothers, for anyone rejoicing in hate & revenge. For peace & compassion & humanity. #Woolwich"
"@profsarahj Of course, the #Woolwich attack is sickening and horrific. But is it right to describe as "terrorism" not simply "murder"?"