Woolwich Attack: Police & MI5 Knew About Michael Adebolajo, The Killer Who Spoke On Camera

by
Owen Poindexter
The man who murdered an innocent soldier named Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, England, and spoke about his reasons for doing so on video, has been identified as Michael Adebolajo. It has come out that he was known to the police and MI5 as someone to keep an eye on, but was not considered a major security risk.

Police and MI5 knew Michael Adebolajo was someone to keep an eye on, but did not anticipate anything like his attack in Woolwich.
 
The man who murdered an innocent soldier named Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, England, and spoke about his reasons for doing so on video, has been identified as Michael Adebolajo. It has come out that he was known to the police and MI5 as someone to keep an eye on, but was not considered a major security risk. Adebolajo, 28, was born and raised in England. His family is from Nigeria. Reports on him are still being confirmed, but the Telegraph is reporting that he was born in London, in the borough of Lambeth, went to school in Romford, Essex and then studied at the University of Greenwich.
 
The Telegraph reports that Adebolajo tried to travel to Somalia to join a terrorist network called Al-Shabaab, but was forced to return to Britain. He also attended meetings of a radical and eventually banned group called al-Muhajiroun.
 
Adebolajo put his radical views on display on the streets of Woolwich, preaching and occasionally manning a stall where he distributed extremist literature. He was firmly opposed to the British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan (as were many of us who never had violent urges toward innocent soldiers).
 
Adebolajo was raised in a Christian family, and later converted to Islam and became radicalized. Omar Bakri Muhammed, a Muslim preacher, remembered Adebolajo from Muhammed's lectures in London in the early 2000s. These lectures have been described in media reports as "hateful" and "radical." Muhammed, who now lives in Lebanon, said that Adebolajo was a "shy person," who "used to listen more than he spoke."
 
The question will now turn to whether there was intelligence on Michael Adebolajo that should have been acted on before he murdered Drummer Lee Rigby in broad daylight in Woolwich.
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