Following the slaughter of a British soldier just outside the Woolwich barracks yesterday, police have raided the house of one of the suspects killed in the ensuing gun-fight, revealing details that he was from Nigeria.
The raid revealed the suspect’s internet identity, Michael Adebolajo.
It is understood the men, who are being treated in separate hospitals while under arrest, are most likely to be British citizens of Nigerian descent who have converted to a radical form of Islam.
However, they are not thought to have links to terror groups based in Nigeria, such as the jihadist militant organisation Boko Haram.
Police were today seen outside a £365,000 detached house in a Lincolnshire village where they raided a home where Adebolajo is listed as having lived in the past.
There was no answer at the address believed to be that of Adebolajo’s father, named by neighbours as Anthony Adebolajo.
Michael Adebolajo was listed as being a resident there in 2004, shortly after the family moved in.
One nearby resident said: ‘I know his family have ties to London, but whoever is at this house is very secretive.
‘The curtains are always drawn at the front and the back, I’ve never seen anybody in the garden, either.’
The two attackers in their 20s, waited calmly for armed police to arrive before charging at officers brandishing a rusty revolver, knives and meat cleavers.
When the old pistol was shot towards police it backfired and blew the thumb off one of the men.
Moments later they were cut down in a hail of bullets believed to be fired by a woman marksman. Last night both men were being treated in hospital for their wounds.
Before police arrived the man identified as Adebolajo, said: ‘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.
Yesterday’s slaughter took place 200 yards from The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and close to a primary school at 2.20pm.
Witnesses told how the men drove a dark blue Vauxhall Tigra on to the pavement and knocked down the soldier.