This past week a young man wielding a meat machete chopped a British soldier to death, leaving him dead in the streets of London in broad daylight. The attack on Lee Rigby sparked anti-Islamic protests in South London. But up until now, the only thing we knew of the attacker was what he’d said during a video recorded after the attack. Now, however, new questions are being raised about the young man’s connection to the British intelligence agency MI5.
According to people on the scene of the attack, there was one man holding a gun while another hacked Rigby. After the attack, murder suspect Michael Adebolajo announced his motives:
We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth,” said the man, whose hands were still bloody. “We apologize that women had to see this today but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.
Adebolajo’s friend, Abu Nusaybah, said in an interview with BBC that Adebolajo had been recruited by the British intelligence agency MI5 to come work for them but declined.
Nusaybah also told the BBC that he felt his friend had changed after a trip to Kenya last year where Adebolajo said he had been picked up by Kenyan troops and tortured. Nusaybah says he believes his friend was also subjected to s*xual abuse while at the jail but was too ashamed to admit it.
After his time in Kenya he became” less talkative – he wasn’t his bubbly self”, Abu Nusaybah said.
In 2011 The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill presented a damning indictment of the CIA’s use of secret prisons in Somalia. The prisoners housed at the CIA facility, located underneath Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, are suspected of being members of Shabab – a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. Many of the prisoners were snatched from the streets of Kenya and rendered to Somalia without trial or due process.
It was after he returned from Kenya that MI5 agents began harassing Adebolajo and asking him to come on board, says Nusaybah.
“He was explicit in that he refused to work for them but he did confirm he didn’t know the individuals,” said his friend.
Nusaybah was arrested at the BBC after giving the interview.