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Yvette Cooper: This was a vile and sickening attack

This was a vile and sickening attack on an unarmed and innocent man on the streets of London and our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of Lee Rigby on a day when his murderers have been found guilty ...

The message from this court case, from the community in Woolwich and from us all is that acts of barbaric cruelty will do nothing to diminish our resolve to stand up to extremism in all its forms.

The local community, and people across the country, have refused to allow murderers and extremists to divide us.

– Yvette Cooper, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper

Brother: 'Not true' that Michael Adebolajo was radicalised

Jeremiah Adolajo has insisted that his brother - the convicted Woolwich murderer Michael Adebolajo - was not radicalised despite associations with radical preachers and the now disbanded group al Muhajiroun.

It's a very tidy narrative to assume that we have this young Christian boy who was radicalised by these bogeymen-like figures - Anjem Choudary, Omar Bakri Muhammad - and while he went on this conveyor belt, as it were, of radicalisation and then the events of Woolwich happened. It's just not true.

– Jeremiah adebolajo

Jeremiah also said that the security services were "putting a lot of pressure" on Adebolajo and were "really disrupting his life" right up to "a few months before" the Woolwich attack.


Adebolajo's brother: Woolwich attack 'won't be the last'

The brother of one of Lee Rigby's murderers has told reporters that the murder of a British soldier in Woolwich "won't be the last" such attack.

Jeremiah Adebolajo, who like his now-convicted brother Michael is a Muslim convert, said: "The events to me were inevitable. There was eventually going to be another attack which mentioned foreign policy as its justification."

Speaking to Al Jazeera's Investigations Unit, he said: "For every violent action is a violent reaction."

Jeremiah was banned from the Old Bailey "for security reasons" during some of his brother's trial.

Defence Secretary condemns 'despicable murder'

This was a violent and despicable murder of a proud member of our Armed Forces.

Our servicemen and women constantly put themselves in harm’s way, protecting us not just abroad on the battlefield, but also here at home.

This verdict sends a strong message that the extremists will not succeed.

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

Actions of Woolwich police officers 'saved lives'

Scotland Yard's head of counter-terrorism has praised the way police officers at the murder scene responded.

Assistant commissioner Cressida Dick said that had the unarmed officers tried to intervene "we would be dealing with more murders".

I'm very proud of the response of the police and that includes of course, but is not only, the armed officers ...

I would hate to think that we were standing here talking about multiple murders rather than a horrible, horrible murder followed by firearms officers doing their job very well, very professionally, saving their own lives and probably saving the lives of others.

– Assistant commissioner Cressida Dick, metropolitan police

Rigby Murder an 'appalling act on busy London street'

The Metropolitan Police's Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who is responsible for counter-terrorism, said her thoughts are with Fusilier Lee Rigby's family after his killers were found guilty of murder.

She told ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning it was "an appalling act” on a “completely innocent young man with no chance to defend himself in broad daylight on a busy London street.”

When asked if a similar attack could happen again, she said: "It's our job to do everything we can to try to stop such attacks and we do have, I think, a very good record in this country.”

However Ms Dick said: "We cannot reduce the risk of something like this happening to absolute zero. We'll do everything in our power to do so."


Adebolajo thought 'MI5 were destroying his life'

Michael Adebolajo, one of the men convicted of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, thought MI5 were "destroying his life" after allegedly being approached by the agency to become an agent, according to one of his friends.

A letter seen by ITV News outlined claims from Michael Adebolajo's family that British security services wanted to recruit the 29-year-old, and Abu Baraa believes those approaches became too much for the convicted killer.

Muslim Council of Britain: No cause justifies murder

Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Farooq Murad said the killing of soldier Lee Rigby was "a dishonourable act," adding: "No cause justifies cold-blooded murder."

Mr Murad said: "The murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was truly a barbaric act.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was aged 25 when he was murdered. Credit: Ministry of Defence

"Muslim communities then, as now, were united in their condemnation of this crime."

Lee Rigby murder 'barbaric, heinous and unjustified'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has condemned the murder of Lee Rigby as barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable after Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the Fusilier's murder.

"The murder of Lee Rigby was barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable," the Mayor said.

Boris Johnson condemned the murder of Lee Rigby as 'barbaric'. Credit: PA Wire

"Fusilier Rigby was a dedicated and professional young man whose life was taken in the most casual, brazen and horrific fashion, in broad daylight on the streets of London.

"This is a city that prides itself on tolerance, diversity and openness, values that stand in marked contrast to the actions of Lee's killers.

"Lee's courage, and that of those members of the public who sought to protect him, as well as the extraordinary bravery of the police officers involved are what we should remember today."

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