A mother of two and former cub scout leader, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, risked her life on Wednesday when she tried to confront the two London terrorists who beheaded a British soldier.
Loyau-Kennett was riding the number 53 bus when she saw the soldier lying in the road, and jumped off the bus to perform first aid. When she reached the man, she realized he had no pulse.
According to eyewitness reports, the two men attacked the soldier in the street, who was wearing a “Help for Heroes” shirt. They hacked him to death with knives and meat cleavers, crying “Allahu Akbar.”
When Loyau-Kennett saw the bloody weapons, she decided to talk to the man before he could harm anyone else. She was concerned that children coming home from school would be confronted.
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“I thought these people usually have a message,” Loyau-Kennett said, “so I said 'what do you want?’”
The man said that he was tired of British soldiers killing Muslims in Afghanistan, and that the attack was an eye for an eye.
"I apologize that women had to witness this today,” the man said, “but in our land, women have to see the same. We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”
Loyau-Kennett said the man was sober, completely in control of his own decisions. As people began to crowd around the scene, she pointed out that it was him against many people and that he would loose.
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“I would like to stay and fight,” he said. “We want to start a war in London tonight.”
MP’s later praised Loyau-Kennett’s bravery in facing both killers, distracting them before police arrived twenty minutes after the incident. Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs select committee, said that Layau-Kennett exhibited the spirit of London and paid tribute to her.
“This is courage of the highest order,” MP Patrick Mercer said.