London beheading: Attacker is Brit citizen

Last Updated: Thu, May 23, 2013 17:31 hrs

British authorities have established that one of the accused in the killing of a serving British soldier in London is a British citizen of Nigerian descent, reports said on Thursday.

One of the attackers, who was seen brandishing a cleaver and a knife, all bloodied, in a mobile video has been identified as Michael Adebolajo, 28. He was brought up as a Christian but became ´obsessed´ with Islam as a schoolboy, said reports.

The mobile video featured him as saying ,"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

According to Daily Mail, former classmates from his school in Romford expressed their ´utter shock´ as they saw him brandishing weapons on television, saying he was once a ´nice, normal guy.´

Reports said that at the age of 15, he descended into a world where he was consumed with Jihadism and later joined several Islamist groups banned in the country for being excessively extremists.

His parents, whose home in Lincolnshire was allegedly raided by terror police on Thursday, moved him away from east London because they feared he had been radicalised.

On the mobile video, he said,"We must fight them. I apologise that women had to witness this today. But in our land, our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don´t care about you."

"You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start bussin´ our guns? You think politicians are going to die? No it´s going to be the average guy, like you, and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace," the attacker said.

Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the brutal murder of a serving British soldier and said it was an attack on Britain and ´also a betrayal of Islam´.

Cameron on Thursday chaired a meeting of his government´s emergency Cobra security committee over the death of the serving soldier in Woolwich on Wednesday.

Speaking to media outside his Downing Street office, Cameron said: "This was not just an attack on Britain and on our British way of life. It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who are give so much to our country. There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."

He said: "This morning I have chaired a meeting of Cobra. And I want to thank the police and security services for the incredible work they do to keep our country safe. There are police investigations and security service operations underway - so obviously there is a limit on what I can say. But already a number of things are clear."

The PM said the country ´will be absolutely resolute in its stand against violent extremism and terror´.

"We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms," Cameron said.

A serving British soldier was beheaded by two men in London. The two attackers, got out of a car carrying a machete and beheaded him before dragging his body across a road at Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

The attackers were shot by the police, who rushed to the spot following the incident that happened around 2:20 pm, and are admitted in a hospital in serious condition.

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