Incident Summary:

05/22/2013: Two assailants hit Lee Rigby with their car and then proceeded to attack the man with machetes in London, England, United Kingdom. Rigby, an off-duty British soldier, was killed in the incident. Michael Olumide Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale claimed responsibility in a video shot at the scene and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for British soldiers killing Muslims abroad.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Woolwich area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity British Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A machete and cleaver were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"BBC News - Woolwich attack: Killed man 'in armed forces'," BBC News Online, May 23, 2013.
"'Soldier' killed near London army barracks," Al Jazeera, May 22, 2013.
"Lee Rigby killers: from quiet Christians to Islamist murderers," The Telegraph, November 15, 2014.