Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Our Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, MP, speaking in Downing Street on Thursday morning, said there was "absolutely no justification" for the callous execution of this young off-duty soldier on the streets of London, which is believed to have been carried out by Islamist extremists.
"What happened yesterday in Woolwich has sickened us all. On our televisions last night and in our newspapers this morning we have all seen images that are deeply shocking. The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger," he said.
US President Barack Obama condemned the "horrific" attack and promised to "stand resolute" with the UK in the face of terrorism.
In a statement, the President said: "I condemn in the strongest terms the appalling attack against a British service member in Woolwich on 22 May. The United States stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror.
"There can be absolutely no justification for such acts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, the police and security services responding to this horrific act and the communities they serve, and the British people."