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Profile: Who is alleged Woolwich machete attacker Michael Adebolajo?

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

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The terrifying images of the Woolwich machete attack have already stunned viewers across the world.

But for the people of Lincolnshire, the awful scenes took on a sickening new dimension today when it emerged the blood-stained killer used to live here.

Adebolajo grew up in Romford and attended Marshalls Park School in Harold Hill.

At the age of 15 or 16 he started getting involved in Islam and started to speak about Jihadi ideas.

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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 in 2004 to the well-to-do village of Saxilby, six miles from Lincoln.

A former friend today told journalists: “He started getting involved with Islam aged about 15 or 16, and that is why his parents moved him away out of the area. It is utterly shocking to see what he has done. It’s unbelievable.”

The family lived in a modern £365,000 detached house in Hotchkin Avenue. A home that is, today, sealed off by police.

His younger brothers and sister attended Lincoln Christ’s Hospital school in the city.

During the killing, Adebolajo and his accomplice chanted 'Allah Akbar!’ – an Islamic phrase meaning ‘God is great’ - and yelling 'this is what God would have wanted'.

Yet the 28-year-old comes from a devout Christian family. His father, who has been named locally as Anthony Adebolajo, is believed to be a nurse who works in management within the NHS.

It is believed Adebolajo converted to a radical form of Islam 13 years ago, although there has been no suggestion he has any links to terror groups based in Nigeria, such as the jihadist militant organisation Boko Haram. It has emerged, however, that the security services, including MI5, were aware of him and his accomplice, who has not been named but is believed to be from Harold

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  • DoctorDo  |  May 25 2013, 8:53PM

    Surely the root cause of this outrage is that Islam is incompatible with democracy.

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