Stunning new footage obtained by the Daily Mirror shows how, after beheading Lee Rigby, the suspected terrorists ambushed the first police officers to come to his aid:
The Mirror describes the unbelievable chain of events that saw Michael Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale dropped by armed police as they charged at them wielding guns and knives:
The driver, unable to draw her firearm, is saved by a male colleague in the back who fires his machine-gun through his window at a suspect who is charging at her.
The callous Islamic extremists had lured police to the scene by dragging the body of the murdered fusilier – named yesterday as Lee Rigby, 25 – into the middle of the road.
When they see the first police car arrive, the pair split up.
Blade-wielding Michael Adebolajo, 28, runs at officers head-on and his accomplice, named locally as 22-year-old Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, advances alongside, aiming his gun at them.
The film of the 10 seconds of terror shows how Adebolajo got within two feet of the WPC who was driving the armed response BMW X5.
As he is sent sprawling to the ground by the force of the two shots, two officers jump out to cover him.
They appear not to see Adebowale aiming a handgun at them.
But a third SO19 marksman from the specialist Trojan unit spots him and he is brought to the ground as six more shots ring out in the suburban South East London street.
The Guardian outlines the key points from the Metropolitan police’s statement about the inquiry that includes updates about the case:
The Metropolitan police have just put out a statement about what they describe as the Lee Rigby murder inquiry. Here are the key points.
• A 29-year-old woman (“D”) arrested on Thursday 23 May as part of the investigation into the murder of Lee Rigby was released without charge at this morning.
• A 31-year old woman (“E”) was arrested at a residential address in south London at 11.50pm last night on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. She was released without charge this morning. A search of the address was carried out and is now complete.
• A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder yesterday remains in custody.
• The two suspects, aged 22 and 28 and identified by the police only as A and B, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in hospital in a stable condition.
Here are some statements from prominent Muslim leaders in the UK. (via the BBC):
Dr Shuja Shafi, deputy general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, lays flowers near the site of the killing and tells the BBC its important to “show solidarity”. He says he “mourns the loss of a bright young man, a father, a husband and a brother”….
After Friday prayers, Swaleh Ahmed, the imam of Woolwich Mosque, tells reporters his heart “goes out to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim of this despicable and horrific tragedy”….
The Greenwich Islamic Centre calls for a “mature and thoughtful” response to the killing and says: “At this moment of confusion, uncertainty and naturally highly charged emotions, we earnestly appeal to the media not to rush to judgement and wait for the final findings by law enforcement agencies.” A statement of condemnation of the murder by the Greenwich Islamic Centre is displayed on its door. It says the centre shares in the “grief and sorrow of the nation”.