Thursday, May 23, 2013
Michael Adebolajo Named as Suspect Woolwich Beheading Nigerian Lincolnshire
Follow live coverage following a terror attack in Woolwich, London, yesterday, in which a soldier was apparently beheaded by two Islamist terrorists.
11.30 Michael 'Mujaheed' Adebolajo, who sources have claimed is one of the suspects, converted to Islam a decade and was always of "impeccable character", radical cleric Anjem Choudary has said.
He said he attended Mulgrave Primary school, with the suspect, which is located next to the scene of the killing. He said: "I saw the pictures of him last night, his name is Michael Adebolajo.
"I went to the same primary school as him in Woolwich, Mulgrave, and grew up in the same area and he came to the local mosque - it was a peaceful community with lots of Muslim people from Somalia and Pakistan. I didn't know him that well so I can't say where his family was from."
Choudary led Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, the banned forerunner to Islam 4 UK, where Adebolajo often appeared alongside other radical protesters.
Mr Choudary continued: "He converted around 2003 to Islam, before I met him and I knew him as his convert name 'Mujaheed' when he used to attend our demonstrations and lectures. I last saw him in 2011, he was a very nice man with impeccable character and nothing unusual about him."
He said: "What he did was unusual and it's not the kind of view that I propagate and I do not condone the use of violence, but those views are out there. Some members of the Muslim community struggle to express themselves and he is making his voice heard in blood."
Choudary suggested that it was possible the attack was motivated by British government foreign policy in the Muslim world, and that this may not have been an isolated incident.
11.21 There have been raids at an address in Greenwich, it has been reported. Neighbours have told the BBC that four people - two sisters in their 30s, an older woman and a teenage boy, were all taken away in a police van and police continue to search the address. The Metropolitan Police have refused to confirm any searches which have taken place since a raid in Lincolnshire yesterday.
Woolwich suspect is Michael Adebolajo