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According to the Daily Mirror, the two lured police to the scene by dragging the body of the murdered fusilier into the middle of the road. When they saw the first police car arrive, the pair split up. One of them, seen in a different video wielding a bloodstained blade, run at officers head-on while his accomplice advanced alongside, aiming his gun at them.
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The film shows how the suspects got within two feet of the police's BMW X5 before being stopped. A policeman inside the car fired his machine-gun through his window at the first suspect, Michael Adebolajo, who was charging at the female driver.
As he was sent sprawling to the ground by the force of the two shots, two officers jumped out to cover him. According to the documentation, they appeared not to see the second suspect, Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, aiming a handgun at them.
But a third officer spotted him, and he was brought to the ground as six more shots rang out in the suburban London street.
Adebolajo is a 29-year-old British man of Nigerian heritage who converted to Islam about 10 years ago. British authorities said earlier that his family members were devout Christians who visited the local church often, and that he had a brother and a sister.
A British television channel aired a video showing him ranting with blood on his hands before being arrested. "I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same," he said. "You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you. We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
Drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered by the two terrorists, spent a year in Cyprus, and served for six months in Afghanistan with the military during one of the most violent periods of the 12-year-long conflict, the Guardian reported. In the past two years he had been based in Woolwich in a recruitment post and also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.
“He died in the most horrific way," his former brother-in-law said.