British police arrest two more over London attack

Police arrested two more people in a hunt for accomplices of two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to death on a London street.

British police arrest two more over London attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

British police arrested two more people on Thursday in a hunt for accomplices of two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to death on a London street.

The two suspected killers, now under guard in hospitals, had been known to security services before Wednesday's daylight attack, security sources said. Another man and a woman, both aged 29, were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

One of the assailants, filmed calmly justifying the killing as he stood by the body holding a knife and meat cleaver in bloodied hands, was named by acquaintances as 28-year-old Londoner Michael Adebolajo - a British-born convert to Islam.

Adebolajo and the other man, who may have been born abroad and later naturalised as British, were shot by police at the scene. Officers on the case raided six homes on Thursday.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters that both attackers were known to Britain's MI5 internal security service.

Adebolajo had handed out radical pamphlets but neither was considered a serious threat, a government source said.

Another source close to the inquiry said the local backgrounds of the suspects in a multicultural metropolis - nearly 40 percent of Londoners were born abroad - and the simplicity of the attack made prevention difficult:

The two men used a car to run down Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in southeast London and then attacked him with a meat cleaver and knives, witnesses said.

British investigators are looking at information that at least one of the suspects may have had an interest in joining Somalia-based rebel group al Shabaab, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

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