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Woolwich Attacks: Fox News Contributor Says 'Progressives Brought It On Themselves'

23/05/2013 18:21 BST | Updated 23/05/2013 18:29 BST

Britain's "lax deportation policies", strict gun laws and progressive politics are to blame for the Woolwich attack in which a young soldier died, a Fox News contributor has claimed.

The brutal killing of Drummer Lee Rigby of 2nd battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on Wednesday was the topic of discussion on Wednesday's Fox News Hannity.

Michelle Malkin, a contributor to the show, said: "They were screaming at the top of their lungs, 'Allahu Akbar,' and repeatedly swore in the name of Allah that they would continue to fight against us. And they talked repeatedly in the video, later in the clip, about how this is what God would have wanted, as they traipsed around the body of this innocent British soldier. It's barbaric. It's evil. And we need to call it what it is.

"And in large part, unfortunately, in British culture, among the progressives there, they brought it on themselves in some ways because of lax deportation policies, and an unwillingness to screen out and profile Islamic militants who are now doing this in a homegrown manner on British soil. It's tragic."

The segment of the programme was recorded as it remained unclear whether the attack was an act of terrorism or not. Arguing that it was nothing else but, Malkin said: "What do you need to have? Neon lights that say, 'Islamic jihad,' 'Islamic jihad?' I mean, duh."

Sean Hannity, the host of the programme, said the attack brought "into question gun laws" at a time the United States is engaged in a debate over whether to enact stricter gun control following a series of mass shootings.

"If the soldier had been able to protect himself and defend himself, which people all over the media in this country bragging about the fact, well, people don't have guns in England," he said.