Mujaheed Adebolaja, Nigerian Suspect In London Terrorist Attack
Michael 'Mujaheed' Adebolaja, a 20-year old British Nigerian is identified
as one of the two men who hacked to death a serving British soldier in a
street near an army barracks in London yesterday.
woolwichAdebolaja, an alleged a Muslim convert, who answers his Muslim name
'Mujaheed', meaning one who fights jihad and goes about preaching the word
of God in the last few weeks, was filmed by an onlooker and broadcasted by
Britain's ITV news channel with hands covered in blood and holding a
bloodied knife and praising God for the murder.
In the clip, Adebolaja, looking agitated and angry, said: "I apologize that
women had to witness that, but in our lands our women have to see the same
"You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don't care
He could have been referring to Afghanistan, where British troops are part
of the international force supporting the Kabul government in its fight
against Taliban insurgents.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who cut short his trip to France to chair an
emergency national security meeting, said the attack appeared to be a
politically motivated attack.
"It is the most appalling crime," Cameron said. "The police are urgently
seeking the full facts about this case but there are strong indications that
it is a terrorist incident."
"We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never
buckle in the face of them," he added.
London was last hit by a serious militant attack in July 2005, when four
young Islamists set off suicide bombs on the public transport network,
killing 52 people and wounding hundreds. A similar attempted attack two
weeks later was thwarted.
British counter-terrorism chiefs have recently warned that radicalized
individuals, so-called "lone wolves" who might have had no direct contact
with al-Qaida posed as great a risk as those who plotted attacks on the
lines of the 2005 attacks.
Local residents expressed shock at Wednesday's killing.
"That this can happen in the centre of a busy town, it's really really
shocking and traumatizing for everybody, all local residents," a witness who
gave her name as Tenisan told Reuters in a nearby street.
Ahmed Jama, a 26-year-old resident, laid flowers down at the scene as a sign
of respect to the families involved.
"This has nothing to do with Islam, this has nothing to do with our
religion. This has nothing to do with Allah," he said "It has nothing to do
with Islam. It's heartbreaking, it's heartbreaking."
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