Rigby fiancee left 'devastated'

Aimee West, the fiancee of Lee Rigby, says she has been left "devastated by the loss", adding that she was "extremely proud" of the soldier after he was killed in Woolwich.

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Woolwich attackers 'may have been Boston copycats'

Counter-terrorism expert Richard Barrett has raised the possibility that the Woolwich attackers may have been "copycats" of the Boston bombers.

He said:

I don't think we have seen much of this in terms of attacks on armed service personnel in the UK before.

It may be that this is a copycat after the Boston bombings. That two individuals could cause a lot of mayhem is maybe more of an inspiration than attacking soldiers.

The former United Nations co-ordinator for the al Qaida and Taliban monitoring team, who has served with MI5 and MI6, said it was clear the attackers wanted to "explain" their actions:

It looks like an attack which has certainly been done for effect. The way that they are hanging about and wanting to be arrested and explain what they were doing fits a pattern of people who want to send a message.

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