25 May, 2013

Three more arrests over London murder

THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the British soldier hacked to death in a London street by two Islamists.

Two men aged 24 and 28 were arrested at a residential address in southeast London while a 21-year-old man was arrested in the street about 1.5 kilometres from the murder scene, Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement on Saturday.

Taser guns were used on the 28-year-old and the 21-year-old, though neither needed hospital treatment.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, who survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan, was butchered in broad daylight on Wednesday outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.

The three men were all arrested within half an hour by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command supported by specialist firearms officers.

All three were being taken to a south London police station, the police statement said.

Officers were also searching four residential addresses in southeast London.

Meanwhile a 29-year-old man arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been bailed to return to a police station pending further enquiries.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale remain in a stable condition after being shot by police at the scene of the grisly killing.

They have both been arrested on suspicion of murder and are under armed guard in separate hospitals.

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