Michael Adebolajo after slaughtering a British soldier on the street in Woolwich. (Mirror)
Woolwich terrorist Michael Adebolajo, who slaughtered a UK soldier in the street yesterday, is being described as a pleasant, quiet, devoted Muslim. He converted from Christianity a decade ago.
USA Today reported:
The Associated Press, quoting an unidentified British official, said both men had been part of an earlier security services probe.
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The BBC, quoting unidentified sources, reported that one of the suspects is 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, who comes from a devout Christian family but converted to Islam after leaving the University of Greenwich, in Eltham, in 2001. Adebolajo is a Briton of Nigerian descent. The BBC said he was described as “bright and witty” when he was at college…
…Radical, controversial cleric, Anjem Choudary, told The Independent, that Adebolajo took the name “Mujahid” after converting to Islam in 2003. He said Adebolajo, who came from a community settled by many Muslims from Somalia and Pakistan, often attended lectures and demonstrations by Islamist groups.
“He was a pleasant, quiet guy,” Choudary said. “He reverted to Islam in about 2003. He was just a completely normal guy. He was interested in Islam, in memorizing the Koran. He disappeared about two years ago. I don’t know what influences he has been under since then.”
Michael Adebolajo, was previously investigated for terrorist ties.