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British Soldier beheaded in Woolwich

British soldier beheaded in Woolwich

The soldier killed in an attack in London has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Drummer Rigby, 25, from Manchester, leaves behind a two-year-old son.

Two suspects shot by police after Wednesday’s attack in Woolwich remain under arrest. A further two people have been arrested on conspiracy to murder.

The suspects, one of whom is said to be Islamist protester Michael Adebolajo, were known to security services. Scotland Yard said the latest arrests were of a man and woman, both aged 29.

Drummer Rigby’s family issued a statement on Thursday, saying: “Lee was lovely. He would do anything for anybody, he always looked after his sisters and always protected them. He took a ‘big brother’ role with everyone.

“All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy, was be in the Army.

“He wanted to live life and enjoy himself. His family meant everything to him. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and a friend to many.”…

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said: “It’s always a tragedy, it’s particularly poignant that it happened on the streets of this capital city of ours.

“We’re absolutely determined not to be intimated into not doing the right thing – whether it’s here in this country or in Afghanistan or wherever we seek to serve the nation.”

Security at Woolwich Barracks and others in London has been increased, and Gen Richards said: “I’m confident that base security is as tight as it’s ever been, and necessarily so.

“It’s a very difficult balancing act. We are very proud of the uniform we wear, we have huge support around the country, this is a completely isolated incident.”

Shortly after the killing, a man, thought to be 28-year-old Mr Adebolajo, was filmed by a passer-by, saying he carried out the attack because British soldiers killed Muslims every day.

Sources said reports the men had featured in “several investigations” in recent years – but were not deemed to be planning an attack – “were not inaccurate”.

According to BBC sources, Mr Adebolajo, a Briton of Nigerian descent, comes from a devout Christian family but took up Islam after leaving college in 2001.

The BBC has uncovered its own footage of one of him taking part in an Islamist demonstration in April 2007 against the arrest of a man from Luton.

BBC News

4 Comments

  1. Mel
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if this will all stop once the last Westerner leaves Afghanistan?

    I would also like to know just how much money has been spent by western governments in relation to terrorism since 9/11. It must by now run into many tens of billions of dollars.

  2. kvd
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Mel: 1) No. 2) US alone, well over something called a ‘trillion’ dollars, whatever that means in what used to be called real money.

    But we must “stay the course” because “We’re absolutely determined not to be intimated into not doing the right thing” – whatever that might mean.

  3. Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I suppose you can view the response to 9/11 as the Nanny State gone feral …

  4. Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    If the chap in the final frame looks a little familiar, that’s because it’s our old friend Anjem Choudary of the “Jihadi Seekers Allowance”.

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