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May 24, 2013

British police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

May 24, 2013

Police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

May 23, 2013

Insight: In attacker’s argot, Londoners shocked to hear one of their own

LONDON (Reuters) – In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for Londoners was the man’s unmistakably familiar accent.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was filmed wielding a bloody meat cleaver and butcher’s knife as the soldier lay dead on the road behind him, was not a maladjusted immigrant like Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but a true Londoner born and bred.

May 23, 2013

Head of radical Islamist group who knew knifeman blames UK foreign policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a banned British radical Islamist group who knew one of the men who hacked a soldier to death on London streets said on Thursday British foreign policy was to blame for the attack.

Anjem Choudary said Michael Adebolajo – filmed with his hands covered with blood, carrying a meat cleaver and knife after attacking an off-duty soldier in broad daylight – had attended lectures run by al-Muhajiroun, Choudary’s organisation, which was banned under anti-terrorism laws in 2010.

May 23, 2013

Head of Muslim group who knew London knifeman blames UK foreign policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a banned British radical Islamist group who knew one of the men who hacked a soldier to death on London streets said on Thursday British foreign policy was to blame for the attack.

Anjem Choudary said Michael Adebolajo – filmed with his hands covered with blood, carrying a meat cleaver and knife after attacking an off-duty soldier in broad daylight – had attended lectures run by al-Muhajiroun, Choudary’s organization, which was banned under anti-terrorism laws in 2010.

May 23, 2013

London attacker British, of Nigerian origin: source

LONDON (Reuters) – British authorities have established that one and possibly both of the men who hacked a soldier to death on a London street was born in Britain of Nigerian descent, a source with knowledge of the investigation said on Thursday.

Local media named the man who was definitely born in the country as 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo and said police raided the home of his Nigerian family in a village near the eastern English city of Lincoln. Both men appeared to have converted to Islam from Christian immigrant backgrounds, British media said.

May 22, 2013

Man charged over 1982 IRA parade bombing in London park

LONDON (Reuters) – An Irishman was charged on Wednesday over a bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in the heart of London in 1982, one of the most high-profile attacks by IRA guerrillas in their campaign to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of murdering four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who were killed when a car bomb exploded in Hyde Park as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s residence.

May 22, 2013

Man charged over 1982 IRA troop bombings in heart of London

LONDON (Reuters) – British police charged an Irish man on Wednesday over a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in the heart of London, one of the most high-profile attacks by IRA guerrillas trying to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of murdering four members of the mounted Royal Household Cavalry who were killed when a car bomb exploded in Hyde Park as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s residence.

May 12, 2013

Cameron faces growing party splits over Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior minister said on Sunday he would support an exit from the European Union if there were a vote on the issue, as Prime Minister David Cameron faces a revolt over Europe from lawmakers in his own party.

Up to 100 eurosceptic Conservative members of parliament are expected to back an amendment this week criticising the legislative plans unveiled by the coalition government last Wednesday because they did not include a bill for a referendum on Britain’s continued EU membership.

May 12, 2013

Britain’s Cameron faces growing party splits over Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior British minister said on Sunday he would support an exit from the European Union if there were a vote on the issue, as Prime Minister David Cameron faces a revolt over Europe from lawmakers in his own party.

Up to 100 eurosceptic Conservative members of parliament are expected to back an amendment this week criticizing the legislative plans unveiled by the coalition government last Wednesday because they did not include a bill for a referendum on Britain’s continued EU membership.