Published on May 23, 2013
Woolwich terror suspect revealed Sources name man as Michael Adebolajo
A MAN seen ranting at a video camera moments after a soldier was beheaded in the street is Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo - who was known to MI5.
Michael Adebolaj, 28, had reportedly been looked at during probes into extremism in recent years - and was also known to hate preachers Anjem Choudary and Omar Bakri.
Tonight the soldier was named as Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Meanwhile a man and woman, both 29, were today arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in relation to the terror attack.
School friends said Adebolajo changed his name to Mujaheed and was fixated with warped extreme Islamic ideals after being radicalised.
His worried devout Christian parents moved home to a Lincolnshire village to get him away from radicals.
Last night Muslim sources identified Adebolajo - who is claimed to be from a devout Christian family but converted to Islam in 2003 - as the man in The Sun's video taken minutes after the soldier was hacked to death.
Today Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Islamic terrorists declaring: "The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger."
The second attacker has not yet been identified - although police sources indicated that he too was British and of Nigerian descent.
The names of both men appeared in MI5 counter-terrorism operations - but neither were viewed as key figures.
At least one is understood to have tried to travel overseas to fight jihad in recent years.
Adeboloja, 28, was born in Lambeth, south London, in 1985 to a Christian family of Nigerian descent.
At the age of 15 or 16 he started getting involved in Islam and started to speak about Jihadi ideas.
He joined several extremist groups - including Al Muhajiroun - that were banned in Britain and in 2003 converted to Islam, calling himself Mujaheed while at Marshalls Park School.
Fearing he had become radicalised, his parents moved him away from Romford to a village in Lincolnshire.
A former friend told the Evening Standard that he was a Christian.
The friend said: "He started getting involved with Islam aged about 15 or 16, and that is why his parents moved him away out of the area.
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