3 More Arrested in UK Soldier Slaying

Detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 25, 2013 4:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – British police today arrested three more suspects in connection with the savage killing of an off-duty soldier that has raised fresh concerns about terrorism. Scotland Yard said counter-terrorism officers arrested two men, aged 24 and 28, at a residential address in southeast London. A third man, 21, was arrested separately on a London street at the same time. Police said they used a stun gun on two of the suspects. All three were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Officers have already detained several others in connection with the murder. The two main suspects, aged 22 and 28, were shot by police who arrived at the scene minutes later. They are under guard in two separate hospitals. Three other people were arrested Thursday in connection with the probe. Two women were released without charge, and a 29-year-old man has been bailed pending further questioning. Another man was arrested on suspicion of unspecified terrorism offenses late Friday immediately after he gave a BBC interview detailing the background of one of the main suspects.

A couple prays outside the Woolwich Barracks in London in response to the bloody attack on Wednesday.
A couple prays outside the Woolwich Barracks in London in response to the bloody attack on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
A police officer carries a evident bag containing a knife at the scene of a terror attack in Woolwich, southeast London.
A police officer carries a evident bag containing a knife at the scene of a terror attack in Woolwich, southeast London.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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