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May 24, 2013 - 6:30 am

The British soldier killed by Islamists in a machete attack in London yesterday has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby, aged 25, from Manchester. He was married with a two-year-old son. In addition to performing ceremonial duties as a drummer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers,  Drummer Rigby had served in Afghanistan.

Also today it was revealed that the two men who murdered Drummer Rigby were Britons of Nigerian descent, who were known to the security services. One of the men has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, a Muslim convert — it was Adebolajo who was seen justifying the killing in a video shot by an eyewitness shortly after the attack.

Police raided five addresses in London, and the home of Adebolajo’s father in Lincolnshire. They arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, the first indication that the killers may not have been “lone wolves.”

The similarities with last month’s Boston bombings are striking. The perpetrators of both attacks are “home-grown” terrorists, and like the Tsarnaev brothers the London terrorists appear to have had associates, but not to have been part of a large recognized group. As was the case with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Adebolajo and his accomplice had come to the attention of the security services, but appear to have slipped through the net, provoking criticism in sections of the UK press.

While the pressure cooker bombs used by the Tsarnaevs were sophisticated devices compared to the knives and machete used by the London killers, both attacks were relatively crude affairs compared to previous plots, both successful and unsuccessful. While there’s no suggestion of a link between Boston and London, it appears that Islamists have figured out they’re less likely to be apprehended if plots are kept relatively small and simple, with as few people as possible involved — Nidal Hasan’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood was another example.

Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the attacks in a speech this morning, and said the British people would “never give in to terror or terrorism.” He also paid tribute to Cub Scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, who in a remarkable act of bravery confronted the killers, and kept them talking in a bid to stop them attacking anyone else.

In other developments today, the Ministry of Defence was forced into a U-turn after announcing that members of the armed forces should not wear their uniforms in public. The decision was reversed after complaints that it could be construed as caving in to terrorism. Meanwhile the website of the charity Help for Heroes, which raises money for injured servicemen, crashed after it was swamped with donations; Drummer Rigby was wearing one of the charity’s T-shirts when he was killed, and the outpouring of support for the British Army that we’ve seen today is a fitting tribute to him.

More: Drummer Lee Rigby

 

 

Mike McNally is a journalist based in Bath, England. He posts at PJ Tatler and at his own blog Monkey Tennis, and tweets at @notoserfdom. When he's not writing about politics he writes about Photoshop.

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Britain is lost, it has been since the people let the politicians take their right to self defense away. . . for the second time.

Today I read that several in Britain have been arrested for telling the truth about the islamic death cult. So, as I've done in the past, I went to the Daily Mail page to comment. . . but they can't accept comments "for legal reasons".

So, first you loose the right to bear arms, then the right to free speech, including, of course, the right to complain about loosing them. . .

And the socialists call us "conspiracy theorists".
1 year ago
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Those wishfully thinking for strong action against the Muslim Terrorist SCUM will be disappointed I am afraid . The 'Yuman Rites' Lawyers will be all over it shortly and these guys will probably get a free house and benefits for life. The UK is too far down the Left Wing PC, Multi Culti, Islamophile path a path that the Unqualified USURPER and his corrupt Regime are leading you down too America.
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In my considered opinion a brutal, barbaric, uncivilized and fatal attack on a member of the UK Armed Services by UK CITIZENS is TREASON and the DEATH PENALTY is still available , even in PC, Multi Culti SOCIALIST UK, for TREASON.

1 year ago
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"islamists" "Islamists ' we don't want your stinking 'ISLAMIST' APOLOGIST EUPHEMISM. Call them what they ARE ISLAMIC TERRORIST SCUM.

The UK's Politically Correct , Multi Culti, Islamophile Socialism driven Police Force have started arresting people for making derogatory comments about Islam on Facebook. Thats 'derogatory' remarks mind you not calls for violence and threats against Muslims unlike the disgusting web full of hate and calls for violence against the West posted BY Muslims.
So you see USA the UK has a POLITICALLY motivate Law Enforcement service just like your Racist Democrat wishes enforcing DOJ.
Google of course carries OVER 3.75 MILLION videos under the banner 'Behead those that insult Islam'
So theres the contrast 'derogatory' remarks against Islam by White Males disgusted with the Muslim SCUM attack on the Soldier - Police Action.
Vile disgusting videos and calls for death of all Western Troops and Jews--- Yawn from PC Plod.
In my considered opinion a fatal brutal attack on a member of the UK Armed Services by UK CITIZENS is TREASON and the DEATH PENALTY is still available , even in PC, Multi Culti SOCIALIST UK, for TREASON.

1 year ago
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Well, isn't that just like Muslim jihadis to sneak up on an army drummer.

Still, I guess the terrorists accomplished their goal. Britain's top brass is now telling its men, and women (I guess, although British womanhood seems to be handing the atrocity well enough), to eschew wearing the uniform outside of fortified military instillations. That's grand. Wouldn't want the new boys from the East to take offense. They might butcher more British soldiers on the street, in broad daylight. I'm not so sure, however, that the jihadis will let that deter them. They have their sources, I'm sure. Would it not be better to require all British armed forces outside of military walls to travel in groups of three or more? That way individual soldiers would not have to rely on your average British drunk to come to his, or her, defense in the event of another naked assault.
1 year ago
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We tell our soldiers not to travel in uniform to, from, or within Europe. Or at least that's what my son was told when he was in from '05 - '08.
1 year ago
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Can you recall why the British stopped using the gibbet as punishment for the most barbaric of crimes?
1 year ago
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--- "The similarities with last month’s Boston bombings are striking..."

Uh, aside from the Muslim tie, I would say, no, not at all. What IS striking is the similar manner in which the leftist press has spun the story: nothing to see here, folks, just a couple of rogue crazies, QUESTION NOT the loyalties of our recent (mass) arrivals from the Sandy Lands. Their native ideologies have NOTHING to do with the myriad Muslim terror assaults, and constant violent agitation, that we have seen and heard, with our own eyes and ears, coming out of radical mosques and "culture centers" throughout Britain, and the West.
1 year ago
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Sorry, graveswr, my reply was meant for McNally, the author of this shabby piece.
1 year ago
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It is too bad that people in England aren't armed, because then I would venture that the minute the terrorists set out to kill this man, they would have been shot, and if not killed at least would not have continued this assault on a this man.

And I am embarassed that the police shot these men, and couldn't have the proper aim to make sure that they didn't wind up costing the English taxpayers for their hosptial bills, lawyers and incarceration.

but maybe with English health care as bad as it is portrayed, they won't make it through their care, and will be body bagged out of the hospital
1 year ago
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"It is too bad that people in England aren't armed"

Run over those a-holes with a car! It seemed to work for the terrorists against that poor soldier.
1 year ago
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"...and the outpouring of support for the British Army that we’ve seen today is a fitting tribute to him (Drummer Lee Rigby)." A more fitting tribute would be (1) for the British government to prosecute his two murderers to the fullest extent of the law and (2) to deport any and all Muslims advocating murder for jihad in Britain as well as to roll back the spread of "Sharia-ruled" neighborhoods in British municipalities. And if the government fails to protect its citizens from these political/religious thugs, then Britons should honor Drummer Rigby by removing these pusillanimous poltroons from office.
1 year ago
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Any deportations should take place out of the back of a military cargo plane at 10,000 feet, preferable where they can't be found and given their preferred burial rites.
1 year ago
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Poor Guardsman Rigby, his life will be avenged by his governments open warfare on non Moslems and Caucasians. The British government has become a joke.
1 year ago
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I think it is a title. In the article linked to the writers refer to him as Lee Rigby, but his duty in the military was to play the drums at ceremonial events in addition to his traditional role as a soldier.
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