Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspected Woolwich attackers, was arrested in 2010


This photo taken on November 23, 2010 shows Michael Adebolajo (C) among the nine suspected members of the Al-Shabaab Movement arrested by Kenyan police on November 22 on claims of being Al-Shabaab recruits on their way to Somalia at the weekend. Michael Adebolajo, one of the main suspects in the brutal murder of a soldier in London, was arrested in Kenya more than two years ago for seeking terror training, it emerged on May 26, 2013, after police made more arrests.


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Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspected attackers in the Woolwich murder, was arrested in Kenya in 2010, where he was suspected of preparing to join terrorist group al-Shabab. 

Britain's Foreign Office said Sunday that Adebolajo was taken into custody with five others attempting to join the Al Qaeda-linked group and deported. 

Kenya's government had initially denied that Adebolajo had visited the country, but said Sunday that he was arrested there under another name, which caused the confusion, BBC News reported

"Kenya’s government arrested Michael Olemendis Ndemolajo. We handed him to British security agents in Kenya and he seems to have found his way to London and mutated to Michael Adebolajo," spokesman Muthui Kariuki said.

"The Kenyan government cannot be held responsible for what happened to him after we handed him to British authorities."

Adebolajo, 28, is the attacker who says "you people will never be safe" in a video taken by passersby immediately after the murder. He was also arrested after violent protests in London in 2007.

He and second suspect Michael Adebowale, 22, are currently at separate London hospitals under armed guard. They were shot by police at the scene after attacking British solider Lee Rigby with knives.  

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