A Kenyan government official has said that Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo, who was arrested in the country in 2010, was released by Nigerian security forces to British security personnel.
Government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said that Adebolajo "was not charged in court as said he was going to be".
He added that he was "en-route to Somalia to join the Al-Shabab for training".
The Kenyan government has confirmed Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was arrested in the country, but under a different name.
A spokesman said he was taken to court before being handed to British authorities.
– Kenya's government spokesman Muthui Kariuki
Kenya's government arrested Michael Olemindis 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.
The Kenyan government cannot be held responsible for what happened to him after we handed him to British authorities.
An investigation into the arrests of suspects related to the Woolwich incident has been "complicated" and "rapidly developing", Scotland Yard said today in a statement.
Scotland Yard added that they are pursuing a "significant amount" of CCTV, social media, forensic and intelligence opportunities.
Nine people have now been arrested in connection with Drummer Rigby's death.
- Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, who are being held on suspicion of murder, remain in hospital.
- Three men aged 28, 24 and 21 remain in police custody after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
- A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been released on bail, police said last night.
- Two women aged 29 and 31 who were held on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder have been released without charge.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Drummer Lee Rigby, the Metropolitan Police has said.
The man was arrested today by counter-terrorism officers supported by armed police in St Paul's Road in Highbury Grove, north London, Scotland Yard confirmed.
He is the fifth man to be arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Drummer Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south east London, last Wednesday.
Stuart Osborne, deputy assistant commissioner of the Met Police and head of the force's counter-terrorism squad, said detectives are pursuing a "significant amount" of CCTV and social media.
He said that "two men remain in hospital and will be interviewed" when it is possible to do so.
One of the suspects in the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was arrested near the Somali border in Kenya in 2010, the country's anti-terrorism police confirmed today.
Anti-terrorism unit head Boniface Mwaniki told the Associated Press that Michael Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab.
He said Adebolajo was arrested with five others, and later deported.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed that a British National was arrested in Kenya in 2010, saying: "FCO provided consular assistance as normal for British nationals."
The Foreign Office has confirmed that one of the suspects in the Woolwich attack case, Michael Adebolajo, was arrested in Kenya in 2010 and later deported, according to the Associated Press and BBC.
Adebolajo's brother-in-law told ITV News that he was tortured while in Kenya and that relatives had sought help from the Foreign Office, to no avail.
Colonel Richard Kemp, ex commander of British forces in Afghanistan and a past chairman of the Cobra intelligence committee, has said that MI5 and the police may have been able to do more to prevent the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, reports the Independent on Sunday.
– Colonel Richard Kemp
It would have required probably significant additional resources, so that they can increase the number of suspects they monitor.
Even though these two were on their radar, they have to prioritise who they look at, because surveillance, monitoring and communications is all very expensive.
And maybe they need more resources to do that if it is necessary to widen the net, which I think probably it is.