Police officers cordon off a road area in Woolwich, east London
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UK security tightened following Woolwich attack

The government's emergency response committee, Cobra, has held a meeting after a man was killed in a machete attack in Woolwich, south east London.

Home Secretary Theresa May said she had been briefed by the director general of Security Service MI5, Andrew Parker, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that there were "strong indications that this was a terrorist incident".

Frank Gardner's report contains some disturbing images

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  • 23 May 2013
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