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UK soldier murder suspect leaves hospital, now in custody
by Staff Writers
London (AFP) May 29, 2013


British counter-terror police probe attack on jail guards
London (AFP) May 28, 2013 - British counter-terrorism police launched an investigation Tuesday after a guard at a maximum security prison was taken hostage and injured by three inmates reportedly inspired by the brutal murder of a soldier by suspected Islamic extremists.

The prison officers' union told AFP that the guard was held hostage for nearly four hours at Full Sutton prison near York in northern England on Sunday, until riot officers managed to free him.

He suffered a broken cheekbone in the attack while a female colleague received minor injuries as she tried to help him.

Britain's North East Counter Terrorism Unit released a statement saying it was "leading the investigation" into the incident.

There was no official confirmation of reports that the three attackers were Muslim prisoners inspired by the murder last week of British soldier Lee Rigby who was hacked to death in a London street by suspected Islamic extremists.

The Mirror newspaper reported that the guard was kidnapped and beaten by the inmates after they became enraged by a call from the prison's imam to pray for the soldier.

"An officer was taken hostage at Full Sutton prison on Sunday evening," a spokesman for the prison officers' union, the POA, told AFP.

"A team of riot officers was deployed and managed to diffuse the situation after four hours.

"I understand that the injuries sustained by the two officers involved in this incident were minor and they have now been discharged from hospital -- but we are lucky that this situation didn't turn out to be as life-threatening as it could have been."

He added that a representative of the union was visiting the prison "to try and get a better picture of what happened".

The justice ministry confirmed that "an incident involving three prisoners" had taken place at the jail.

"A police investigation is ongoing," a ministry spokeswoman said.

Ten people have been arrested over the soldier's murder. The two prime suspects, both Muslim converts from Nigerian Christian families, remain in separate hospitals under armed guard after they were shot by police at the murder scene.

Police have begun questioning one of the prime suspects in the brutal murder of a British soldier in London, six days after the Islamist attack, following his release from hospital.

Michael Adebowale, 22, was formally taken into police custody on Tuesday as the family of his co-accused, Michael Adebolajo, issued a statement expressing their "profound shame and distress" over the murder.

Soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight last Wednesday near a barracks in Woolwich by two men who later spouted Islamic extremist rhetoric at passers-by.

Both Adebowale and Adebolajo, 28, were injured in police gunfire at the scene and were held at separate London hospitals under armed guard until they were well enough to be questioned.

Following his discharge on Tuesday afternoon, Adebowale was taken into custody at a south London police station, Scotland Yard said.

Detectives have 24 hours to question him before they have to apply for an extension. After a total of 96 hours, they must decide whether to charge him or release him.

Adebolajo, who was captured in amateur footage after the attack claiming he murdered the soldier because British troops were killing Muslims, remains in stable condition in hospital.

In a statement, his relatives sent their "heartfelt condolence" to the family of the murdered 25-year-old, which includes his two-year-old son Jake.

They said there was "no place for violence in the name of religion or politics".

"Nothing we can say can undo the events of last week," they said.

"However, as a family, we wish to share with others our horror at the senseless killing of Lee Rigby, and express our profound shame and distress that this has brought to our family."

They said they "wholeheartedly condemn" terrorism, and "fully expect" that the soldier's killers will be brought to justice.

Both Adebolajo and Adebowale, Muslim converts from Nigerian Christian families, are believed to have been known previously to the British intelligence services.

Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya in 2010 and questioned over alleged links to neighbouring Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militant group, Kenyan authorities have confirmed.

He was released into the custody of agents from Britain's MI5 spy agency, they said, and deported to Britain because there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

Kenyan officials denied allegations made by friends and relatives of Adebolajo that he was tortured while in custody.

His brother-in-law has also alleged that MI5 tried to recruit the 28-year-old after his return from Kenya and, saying it had some influence on his recent actions.

"When he came to the UK, he was pressured by MI5 for quite a while," James Thompson told ITV News.

"They asked him to be a spy for them, which he obviously refused. He was just continually pestered until ... the current events.

"(Adebolajo) ignored door-knocks and didn't call his family on normal mobile phones for fear that they might track him down and pester him more".

Police on Tuesday released on bail a 50-year-old man who on Monday became the tenth person arrested over the murder.

Scotland Yard also revealed it had charged four people following protests by the anti-Islamic English Defence League in central London on Monday.

The force made 13 arrests for offences ranging from racially aggravated criminal damage to violent disorder.

Elsewhere, counter-terrorism police launched an investigation Tuesday after a guard at a maximum security prison was taken hostage and injured by three inmates reportedly inspired by Rigby's murder.

The prison officers' union told AFP that the guard was held hostage for nearly four hours at Full Sutton prison near York in northern England on Sunday, until riot officers managed to free him.

He suffered a broken cheekbone in the attack while a female colleague received minor injuries as she tried to help him.

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British counter-terror police probe attack on jail guards
London (AFP) May 28, 2013
British counter-terrorism police launched an investigation Tuesday after a guard at a maximum security prison was taken hostage and injured by three inmates reportedly inspired by the brutal murder of a soldier by suspected Islamic extremists. The prison officers' union told AFP that the guard was held hostage for nearly four hours at Full Sutton prison near York in northern England on Sunda ... read more


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