MI5 ‘tried to recruit’ Woolwich murder suspect

UK intelligence service MI5 approached Woolwich killing suspect Michael Adebolajo to offer him a job, a friend of the alleged murderer claimed in a BBC interview. Meanwhile police have arrested three more people suspected of plotting the brutal killing.

Abu Nusaybah, who claims to be a close friend of Adebolajo, was
promptly arrested on BBC premises following an interview regarding
the brutal killing in Woolwich on Wednesday. During the interview,
Nusayaba stated that Adebolajo told him MI5 had “harassed” him for
information on repeated occasions, and had even attempted to
recruit him.

“But after him saying that he didn’t know these individuals,
what he said was they asked him if he would be interested in
working for them. He was explicit in that he refused to work for
them but he did confirm he didn’t know the individuals,”

Nusayaba said.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Friday that a
31-year-old man had been detained in London under the Terrorism
Act. Police said the arrest was not directly related to Wednesday’s

Meanwhile, British police announced on Saturday evening three
more arrests in the notorious Woolwich case. Three men believed to
be in their 20s were apprehended on suspicion of conspiracy to
commit murder.

A police forensics officer investigates a crime scene where one man was killed in Woolwich, southeast London May 22, 2013 (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

MI5 acknowledged on Thursday that Adebolajo had been known to
them for eight years, prompting criticism that they could have
taken steps to prevent the murder of 25-year-old Army Drummer Lee

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are suspected of hacking
Rigby to death in broad daylight on Wednesday. The two suspects
were shot by police during their arrest, and are now in hospital
awaiting police questioning. Footage of Adebolajo surfaced showing
him brandishing a bloody cleaver, claiming the attack was an
“eye-for-an-eye” act to avenge Muslims killed abroad by UK

Nusayaba claimed that when he became acquainted with Adebolajo,
the murder suspect did not exhibit any extremist Islamist
tendencies. However, following a trip to Kenya last year where
Adebolajo was allegedly taken into custody by the Kenyan military
and was tortured and sexually abused, Nusayaba said he changed.

“He was not his bubbly self,” Nasayaba said, adding that
he became less talkative following the trip.

A picture of victim Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army's 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is displayed with flowers left by mourners outside an army barracks near the scene of his killing in Woolwich, southeast London May 23, 2013 (Reuters / Toby Melville)

Relatively little is known about the two suspects who committed
the atrocity in Woolwich on Wednesday, which was condemned in the
UK press as “Baghdad-style violence.” It was confirmed that
Adebolajo and Adebolawe are UK citizens from devout Christian
families of Nigerian descent, who later converted to Islam.

He was also known to hand out radical Islamist leaflets that
decried UK military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police raided Adebolajo’s family home in Lincolnshire following
the killing. The family reportedly moved away from London over
concerns their son was becoming more radicalized.

There have been a number of arrests in London in connection with
Wednesday’s murder. Detectives took a 29-year-old woman at a
residential address in south London into custody on suspicion of
conspiracy to commit murder on Thursday. A 29-year-old male was
also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

This article originally appeared on: RT