Betrayal of a hero father: How MI5 spent EIGHT YEARS watching violent ex-prisoner who preached outside Poundland just yards from murder scene only days before soldier was hacked to death
- MI5 had been monitoring two fanatics responsible for SE London killing
- One fanatic was photographed behind hate preacher Anjem Choudary
- Michael Adebolajo, 28, was also a member of a banned terrorist group
- He was said to have preached jihad in Woolwich just earlier this week
- Close to where married father Lee Rigby was beheaded on Wednesday
- Second suspect named last night in reports as Michael Adebowale, 22
Murdered: Drummer Lee Rigby with his wife
Rebecca at their wedding in 2007. Their son
Jack is just two
The Security Service is facing an inquiry by MPs amid a raft of devastating revelations about the killers’ known links to Islamist extremism.
One of the pair – Michael Adebolajo – was so high profile he was photographed outside Paddington Green police station six years ago behind notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
He was even intercepted by officials as he attempted to travel to Somalia to fight alongside Islamist terrorists last year.
It also emerged that Adebolajo was a violent ex-prisoner who was a member of a banned terrorist group.
Incredibly, he was said to have been preaching jihad on the streets of Woolwich earlier this week, only a few hundred yards from where 25-year-old Army Drummer Lee Rigby – a married father – was beheaded.
As MI5 faced accusations that they let the men slip through the net, David Cameron ordered a full intelligence review by a Westminster committee.
On a dramatic day:
- Sources confirmed that 28-year-old Adebolajo once served a jail sentence for violence;
- Tory minister Baroness Warsi attacked broadcasters who give airtime to ‘extremist voices – idiots and nutters’ after Choudary gave interviews on BBC TV and Channel 4 News;
- It was revealed Adebolajo was once intercepted by police as he attempted to travel to Somalia to fight alongside Al-Shabaab;
- The Conservative MP Bob Stewart demanded foreign-born preachers of hate should be ‘put on a plane out’ of Britain;
- Heavily-armed Scotland Yard officers made dawn raids at six homes across London and in Lincoln;
- A man and a woman, both aged 29, were arrested on suspicion of joining the murderous conspiracy.