The government’s emergency response committee, Cobra, will reconvene on Thursday morning to discuss security measures after a man was butchered in broad daylight on the streets of London.

David Cameron will meet his top advisers to urgently address potential security implications following Wednesday’s murder in Woolwich.

Scotland Yard’s police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, confirmed on Wednesday evening that two men had been arrested and said officers from the counter-terrorist unit were leading the investigation into the “shocking and horrific” incident.

He said: “It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal.”

The two suspects are in a serious condition in hospital after armed police shot them following the killing of a serving soldier in Woolwich.

Witnesses said they set about the soldier with a number of weapons, which appeared to include knives and a meat cleaver, while shouting the name of “Allah”.


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