MI5 admit they knew about attackers who killed soldier

May 24, 2013, 07:16 IST | Agencies

Two men who allegedly slaughtered Drummer Lee Rigby (in pic), a soldier in a Woolwich street were known to security services, it emerged as police swooped on a house in a Lincolnshire village.

Officers raided the detached property last morning just hours after the unidentified victim was hacked to death with meat cleavers.

Clashes erupt: Racial tensions escalate in the aftermath of the beheading of a soldier in southeast London. Riot police were called in as far-right groups organised protests across the country. Pic/AFP

The two men were shot by armed police officers and are under arrest as they are treated in separate London hospitals. One of the suspects was named on Internet forums and Twitter as Michael Adebolajo.

Little is known about his accomplice. Police said an extra 1,200 officers were deployed on the streets of London as Cameron revealed that authorities were looking into what what the security services knew about the killers and whether the attack could have been prevented.

Government sources confirmed that the names of both suspects were on a list maintained by the security services, but stressed it was unclear what level of surveillance they were under.

Adebolajo, and his accomplice are believed to have run down Lee as he walked back to the Woolwich Barracks on Wednesday, crushing his body against a road sign.

The suspects then hacked and chopped at his body like ‘crazed animals’ before dragging his corpse into the middle of the road. As they tried to decapitate him they were chanting ‘Allah Akbar!’ and yelling ‘this is what God would have wanted’.

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