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Witnesses reported seeing the soldier struck by a car, then set upon by two men wielding long knives and cleavers

by Leia McLellan (2019-08-11)


LONDON A man accused of the slaying of a British soldier in London last week appeared before a judge Thursday to confirm his name, address and date of birth, as the investigation into the killing entered its courtroom phase.

Michael Adebowale, 22, was handcuffed during the brief appearance in Westminster Magistrates Court. He was allowed to sit down while giving information because he is still recovering from being shot by police.

He is one of two men suspected of attacking Lee Rigby near military barracks in southeast London last week. The other, 마닐라 카지노 후기 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, remains hospitalized and has not been charged.

The daylight attack on Rigby by two men wielding knives and meat cleavers has raised tensions in Britain. It is being seen as a possible terror attack by Muslim extremists.

Security was extremely tight for Adebowale's first court appearance. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for another hearing and remains in custody.

Adebowale was charged late Wednesday night, two days after he was released from hospital.

He was also charged with a firearms offense related to possessing a 9.4 mm revolver with the intent "to cause persons to believe that unlawful violence would be used," police said in a statement announcing the charges.

Autopsy results made public Wednesday indicated that Rigby, 25, was first struck by a car and then attacked. He died of multiple stab wounds, the report said.

Witnesses reported seeing the soldier struck by a car, then set upon by two men wielding long knives and cleavers. Adebolajo, bloodied and clutching a cleaver, was seen in a video boasting about the attack and railing against the government.

Both prime suspects were shot by police who arrived on the scene roughly 14 minutes after the soldier's death. Video showed two suspects rushing a police car that arrived on the scene, then being shot by police and given first aid on the ground.

Britain's Home Office confirmed Thursday that the Greenwich area, which includes the attack site in Woolwich, was deemed in a 2011 governmental review to be at a low risk of extremist activity and so did not receive anti-terror funding under a government program, called Prevent.