One of the two jihadists on trial for the hacking death of British soldier Lee Rigby told police he attempted to cut off the soldier’s head because it was “the most humane way to kill any creature,” the Independent reported.
In police interview sessions played for jurors at the Old Bailey, Michael Adebolajo added it seemed “almost as if Allah had chosen” Rigby as a target.
Rigby was the first soldier that Adebolajo and alleged accomplice Michael Adebowale saw May 22 as they sat in their car, seethed with rage over British military involvement in Muslim nations and plotted a revenge attack.
They are charged with running over Rigby, who was walking to his barracks, with their car and then hacking him to death with a cleaver and knives in front of shocked passersby.
“I’m not sure how I struck the first blow but I learned . . . the most humane way to kill any creature is to cut the jugular,” Adebolajo said.“So I struck at the neck and attempted to remove his head to be sure. That’s how Lee Rigby died.”
Adebolajo was shot as he charged towards a car with three police officers inside.
“To be killed on the battlefield is not something we shy away from and in fact this is something that Allah loves,” he said.
Police also found speeches in the possession of both men by Anwar al-Awlaki, a jihadist mastermind killed in a September 2011 U.S. drone strike in Yemen., according to the Independent.
In his police interview, Adebolajo said Rigby was a legitimate target because “he joins the army with kind of an understanding that your life is at risk.”
The day before, jurors heard Adebolajo tell police he was ashamed to be called “British” because the word has become “associated with the murder, pillaging and rape of innocent people. This disgusts me to the core,” the London Evening Standard reported. “I swear to the ends of the earth it makes it difficult for me to sleep.”
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