Unsuspecting shoppers in a British supermarket were forced to kneel on the floor as machete-wielding robbers threatened to behead them in the manner Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been doing and posting videos of online. The horrific ordeal happened after three balaclava-bearing men burst into a store late Wednesday evening.
Express (h/t @Ex_Muslimah) At the start of the attack, one of the vicious thugs jumped onto the counter and swung a machete over his head before ordering petrified customers and staff to kneel before them on the floor. The robbers then emptied the tills, which contained thousands of pounds in cash, and demanded the store safe be opened.
But when they were told it was time-locked, the gang threatened to behead the innocent people in a chilling mirror of videos released by Islamic State terrorists. The trio – who were all wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and gloves – eventually fled the NISA Extra supermarket in Coventry, West Midlands, by foot and evaded capture.
Today one terrified shopper, who did not want to be named, said “it was like they got some sort of sick kick out of it”. They said: “I looked up and a bloke was standing on the counter in a balaclava. They had three or four of us on the floor kneeling with their heads down.
“They were obviously copying what they had seen about these reports of beheadings in the news. “They were waving a machete around saying if they didn’t get what they want they would start chopping people’s heads off.
“One girl was already terrified and when they said that she just broke down. “It was very fast, everything happened so quickly. It was over in about 15 or 20 minutes.” The NISA supermarket has been victim to four other armed robberies in the past five years.
The victim added: “They’re scum, absolute scum. They seem to do it to psyche themselves up on adrenaline. “It’s the power of it, telling people they will take their heads off – they’re just sheer scum. “You just go along with what they say, because it’s only money at the end of the day and your life is more important than that.” Another victim said they believed the robbers were local because they appeared to know the layout of the store.
“The police had dogs and helicopters out but they got away on foot. Somebody somewhere must know something.” A spokesperson for West Midlands Police confirmed there were no injuries during the raid, but that a “quantity of cash” was stolen.
They added: “Police are appealing for information after masked men armed with a machete robbed a shop in Coventry. “The robbery happened at around 8.15pm on 12 November when three men – all wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and gloves – entered Nisa on Winsford Avenue and demanded to speak to the manager.
“Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was nearby at the time and may have seen three men acting suspiciously either before or after the robbery, and any vehicle they may have left in.”