1. Police Arrest Two More Suspects In Connection With Murder of British Soldier Lee Rigby(UPDATED)
2. Suspect and Victim Identified
“Woolwich attack: knife-wielding suspect named as Michael Adebolajo” (Telegraph U.K.)
“Born in the London borough of Lambeth, the suspect (Michael Adebolajo) is said to have gone to school in Romford, Essex, before studying at the University of Greenwich. He lived in two flats in the Greenwich area of London in 2004 and 2005, while his mother is believed to have moved to Lincolnshire at some stage. Adebolajo is known to have been a preacher on the streets of Woolwich and is understood to have run an occasional stall in the area, from which he distributed extremist literature condemning the involvement of British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.” – Rosa Silverman
“Woolwich attack: latest” – Victim of Woolwich is identifed as Drummer Lee Rigby.
“The British soldier hacked to death has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby.” – Telegraph U.K.
“Alfie Swain, who said he had met the victim, told BBC News of his grief at the news. He said: “I can’t explain it, how much it hurts. It’s just disappointing. “I’d met him in and out of the Army base itself. Hearing that he’s gone is just destroying. He was a nice man. He was caring, loving. To hear that he’s gone is just disappointing. “I’m just terribly, terribly upset. I just want to burst into tears right now.” – Telegraph U.K.
“Drummer Lee Rigby: Victim Identified in London Terrorist Attack” (Christian Post)
“The British Ministry of Defense identified the victim early Thursday. Rigby belonged to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and was attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London, which he joined in 2011. A member of the British military since 2006, Rigby was described as an “extremely popular and witty soldier.” “Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers,” the government news site said. “A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” – Brittney R. Villalva
“A statement on behalf of his family said: “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 to 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.” – Steven Swinford
“Woolwich attack: suspects were known to security services” – Woolwich suspects were known by MI6 and possibly the police prior to the attack. (Telegraph U.K.)
“Sources told the BBC that one of the suspects was intercepted by police last year while leaving the country. He was reportedly heading to Somalia to join al Shabaab militants. MI5 had collected information on the two men before yesterday’s brutal attack took place in Woolwich, south east London. MI6 were also reported to have done so, and the suspects were known to police as well.” – Rosa Silverman
“Woolwich attack: Were the suspected killers influenced by Nigerian terrorists?” – Both suspects were orginally from Nigeria. Were they influenced by Nigerian terrorists? (Telegraph U.K.)
“And although the police have not confirmed any links between the killers and Nigerian jihadi groups, there remains the very real possibility that the men were influenced by terrorist rhetoric coming from their homeland. Boko Haram is strongest in the north of Nigeria, where it has launched a series of attacks on the government, UN and Christian targets. Established in 2002 as a non-violent Islamic splinter group, it mutated in 2009 into a jihadist organisation and has been blamed for 800 killings in Nigeria in the past year alone. It has scant hierarchical leadership and is a loose affiliation of jihadists, without one dominant ruler. But last week posters went up around the north east with ransom promises for a list of wanted men – including Abubakar Shekau, described as Boko Haram’s leader. Its most spectacular assault to date was the attack on the UN compound in the capital, Abuja, in August 2011 – one of the deadliest attacks on the UN in its history. Twenty three people were killed and 76 wounded following a car bomb explosion in the offices.” – Harriet Alexander
“Woolwich terror attack – eyewitness account” – Channel 4 News interview with eyewitness. (YouTube)
“Woolwich killing: eyewitness Ike Onwukah describes attackers charging at police” – Channel 4 News interview of eye witness who saw suspects charging police wielding machetes. (YouTube)
“Soldier Beheaded in London, Local Rapper Live Tweets Attack” – Local rapper tweets during attack of British soldier and capture of suspects. (Christian Post)
“Boya Dee, a local London rapper, was in the exact area when the gruesome attack transpired and was able to offer a glimpse to the horrendous actions of the perpetrators.” – Myles Collier