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UK Soldier's Killers Scream, Fight at Sentencing

Michael Adebolajo gets life in prison, Michael Adebowale gets 45 years to life

(Newser) - Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale—the men who slashed British solider Lee Rigby to death in the streets of London—were sentenced today, and they made it a memorable hearing. Before the judge could hand down his sentence, Adebolajo shouted, "Allahu Akbar!" at the judge and he and... More »

Accused Soldier-Stabber Testifies: I Love al-Qaeda

Michael Adebolajo says he's a soldier in a war

(Newser) - One of two men who allegedly killed British soldier Lee Rigby has proclaimed his support for al-Qaeda in court: "I love them; they're my brothers," Michael Adebolajo said, per the BBC . But "I have never met them." He called himself a soldier in a "... More »

2nd Man Charged With Murder of British Soldier

Michael Adebolajo formally charged after release from hospital

(Newser) - Michael Adebolajo, the second suspect in the brutal killing of British soldier Lee Rigby , has been charged with murder. The other suspect in the slaying, Michael Adebowale, had already been charged, but Adebolajo was in hospital receiving treatment for injuries suffered in the attack, and wasn't released until last... More »

Rupert Murdoch Quotes Koran in Weird Twitter Rant

May have something to do with murder of UK soldier

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch and Twitter continue to make for an ... interesting combination. Yesterday the News Corp mogul randomly started quoting the Koran on his account , and Twitchy thinks it was in relation to a couple tweets he sent out the day before about the slaying of a UK soldier . Here... More »

UK Slaying Suspect Detained in 2010 —in Kenya

Over suspicion of seeking to train with al-Qaeda-linked militants

(Newser) - Yesterday we learned that London slaying suspect Michael Adebolajo may have been questioned by Britain's domestic spy agency, MI5, last year. Today, more questions about just how much UK authorities knew (or should have known) about the man are emerging, with news that he was detained in Kenya in... More »

Now a French Soldier Has Been Stabbed

Copycat or coincidence?

(Newser) - A uniformed French soldier was stabbed near Paris while on patrol today, prompting speculation that it may have been a copycat attack of Wednesday's London soldier slaying . The attacker is thought to be North African, and was wearing a robe and Muslim prayer cap, the Washington Post reports. He... More »

Brits Tried to Recruit Slaying Suspect, Says Friend

Man is arrested immediately after BBC interview

(Newser) - Britain's spy agency was not only aware of one of the suspects in this week's savage London murder , it tried to recruit him just six months ago, a friend tells the BBC . In an interview, Abu Nusaybah said the MI5 questioned Michael Adebolajo about a trip he made... More »

Police Nab 'Conspirators' in UK Terror Killing

Meanwhile, reports identify second alleged stabber

(Newser) - The plot to kill a soldier in the streets of London may have gone deeper than the two men who hacked Lee Rigby to death . Police yesterday arrested two more people, a man and a woman, both 29, as suspected conspirators in the attack, the Wall Street Journal reports. They... More »

London Victim: Lee Rigby, 25

Army drummer had a 2-year-old son

(Newser) - The victim in yesterday's London attack has been identified as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, reports the BBC . Rigby was indeed in the British army, having served as both a machine gunner and a drummer in a unit called the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He has a... More »

MI5 Investigated London Suspects Before Killing

Sources identify one of the attackers as a 28-year-old who was raised Christian

(Newser) - UK intelligence had previously investigated the men accused of hacking a soldier to death in the streets of London yesterday, and determined that they weren't a threat requiring "immediate intervention," Sky News reports. BBC sources, however, said that while the men were known to security services, reports... More »

Protesters, Cops Tangle as London Seethes Over Attack

Officials caution against anti-Islam response

(Newser) - Yesterday's brutal killing of a soldier in southeast London prompted a local backlash, with some 100 men hurling bottles at police as they railed against Muslims. The protesters, carrying English flags, were supporters of an organization known as the English Defense League, the Guardian reports. "Our next generation... More »

Female Bystander Confronts London Attackers

One tells her, 'We want to start a war in London tonight'

(Newser) - The two men accused of butchering a UK soldier in broad daylight today on a London street—one talks about it in video broadcast on British TV—remain hospitalized with gunshot wounds from police, reports AP . The Telegraph , meanwhile, speaks with a woman who jumped from a bus when she... More »

London Shocked by 'Terrorist' Machete Killing

Video shows men explaining that they killed man in retribution for Muslim deaths

(Newser) - A man was brutally killed with a machete-style weapon in London today, in what authorities suspect was a terrorist attack. Britain's home secretary called an emergency meeting to discuss the attack, which occurred in broad daylight, the Guardian reports. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a "Help for... More »

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