London Cleaver Attack: Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Mother of 2, Confronts Knife-Wielding Fanatic [PHOTO]
A 48-year-old mother who stood up to the cleaver-wielding attacker in yesterday's London attack may have prevented further violence.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was visiting her children in London when her bus was stopped because of the incident. Loyau-Kennett got off the bus and went to the victim lying in the street, which turned out to be Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was rammed by a car and then hacked to death by two attackers in south London.
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"I thought it started as a simple road accident, there was somebody lying on the ground and the car was crashed and so, as a first aid person trained by the Girl Guides, I got off the bus and approached the body," she told the Telegraph.
Two other unidentified women were already talking to one of the attackers by the time Loyau-Kennett arrived on the scene. The mother of two talked to the other attacker, who had a revolver and a butcher's knife, and reasoned with him as she tried to help Rigby, who was already dead.
"I asked him why he had done what had had done," she told The Guardian. "He said he had killed the man because he [the victim] was a British soldier who killed Muslim women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was furious about the British Army being over there."
Loyau-Kennett continued talking to the attacker, identified as Michael Adeboloja, in the hopes that she could delay him from doing any further harm, as she waited for police to arrive.
"I asked him if he wanted to give me what he was holding in his hand, which was a knife, but I didn't want to say that," Loyau-Kennett said. "He didn't agree and I asked him: 'Do you want to carry on?' He said: 'No, no, no.' I didn't want to upset him."
"I said: "Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose, what would you like to do?"
"He said: "I would like to stay and fight.""
Loyau-Kennett re-boarded her bus right before police arrived and shot and disarmed the two suspects.
"This is courage of the highest order, it sounds as if these members of the public are not soldiers, not policemen, not people whose duties demand this, they are extremely courageous people and that courage deserves to be recognised at the highest level," said Member of Parliament Patrick Mercer.
Loyau-Kennett's son, Basil Baradaran, who posted his mother's picture to Twitter and was the first to identify her, was more direct, tweeting, "My mum is a motherf---ing badass."
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