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Woolwich murderer's mum: 'Please forgive my son'

The mother of Woolwich murderer Michael Adebowale has told ITV News she has asked the mother of Lee Rigby for forgiveness, condemning the attack on the soldier as "senseless".

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Adebolajo: Attack may 'save the lives of many people'

Michael Adebolajo said he handed a letter to an eyewitness of the attack in Woolwich to make it clear that the events happened "for one reason and one reason only - that's foreign policy".

Michael Adebolajo giving evidence at the Old Bailey today Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

He told the court: "The life of this one soldier might save the lives of many, many people, not just from Muslim lands but from this country."

Adebolajo said he asked people at the scene at Woolwich Barracks to film him to "make it clear to everybody why the soldier lost his life" and "how this can be avoided in the future".

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