(Dec. 19) Today's Top Headlines - British soldier killed in public by radical Muslims - Today's Headlines - Explorer

back Side Panel

(Dec. 19) Today's Top Headlines - British soldier killed in public by radical Muslims


Two radicalized British Muslim converts who described themselves as "soldiers of Allah" were convicted Thursday of hacking a soldier to death on a street in broad daylight.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, struck Fusilier Lee Rigby with a car and then attacked his unconscious body with knives and a meat cleaver, trying to behead him.

The two British citizens had denied murder, with Adebolajo saying the killing was part of a war for Allah in response to Western wars in nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

They dragged Rigby's corpse into the middle of the road where Adebolajo asked a bystander to video them, with their hands covered blood, as he calmly explained what he had done.

"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we've killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers," Adebolajo told the camera.

"He is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

The murder of the Afghanistan veteran, witnessed by horrified passers-by, happened near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on the afternoon of May 22.

They had been looking for a soldier to kill, and spotted Rigby, who was wearing a shirt bearing the name of a leading British military charity, Help for Heroes.

Both men were cleared of a charge of attempting to murder a police officer who rushed to the scene.

Adebolajo kissed the Quran in front of reporters after being found guilty, said ITV News' Lucy Manning who was in court.

For the full story, visit: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/19/21967601-two-muslim-converts-guilty-of-killing-uk-soldier-lee-rigby-on-london-street?lite