Copycat Attacks Britain: Will More Slayings Follow Soldier Beheading? Experts Warn Of More Attacks

By Philip Ross on May 24, 2013 12:56 PM EDT

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British military drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was the victim of a brutal hacking in Woolwich, a district in South East London, on Wednesday. Experts fear the horrifying slaying could spark copycat attacks in Britain. (Photo: Reuters)

Copycat attacks in Britain, following the horrific slaying of a UK soldier in Woolworth, could be on their way. According to AP, the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby on Wednesday has escalated fear of copycat attacks in Britain. More than 1,000 officers have been dispatched to areas where trouble could occur.  

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According to WLTX, because the assailants in Wednesday's vicious murder were so public about their crime -- even parading in front of a bystander's camera and reveling in their offense -- they could inspire copycat attacks. Terror analysts are already seeing more talk of follow-up attacks on extremist websites.

"We can see the tempo being raised," Maajid Nawaz, a former jihadist who is now with the London-based anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, told WLTX. "One of the reasons why these guys acted in this theatrical way was because of the propaganda effect so others would be inspired to do the same thing. The nature of these attacks are that they are so easy to do, and we have definitely seen an increase in chatter calling for such things since the attack."

Rigby, the father of a 2-year-old, was a military drummer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. On Wednesday, he was walking down a street in Woolworth, a district in southeast London, when two men wielding cleavers and knives attacked him.

"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you," one of the assailants, 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, said to a camera right after the attack. "The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day."

He added: "It is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." In the footage, Abedolajo still held the cleaver he used to kill Rigby, and his hands were bloodied from the brutal attack.

Adebolajo is the son of Nigerian Christians and was born in London. According to AFP, the native Londoner converted to Islam in 2003, and was an outspoken convert. But exactly how he took the leap from convert to killer is still under investigation. The assailants were determined to take down the police, and did not try to flee or even hide their crime.

When police arrived at the scene, Abedolajo and his companion, identified as 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, also a descendant of Nigerian immigrants, made a bee line for the authorities, who took them down with their guns.

Prime Minister David Cameron called the bloody hacking in Woolworth a terrorist attack.

According to AP, "lone-wolf" attacks like Wednesday's slaying of British soldier Lee Rigby are more common because of the flagging power of Afghanistan's and Pakistan's al-Qaeda leadership.

The Telegraph shared (with permission from the family) the last text message that British soldier Rigby sent to his mother before the horrible attack.

"Goodnight mum, I hope you had a fantastic day today because you are the most fantastic and one in a million mum that anyone could ever wish for," it read. "Thank you for supporting me all these years, you're not just my mum you're my best friend. So goodnight, love you loads."

Read more from iScience Times:

London Cleaver Attack: Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Mother of 2, Confronts Knife-Wielding Fanatic [PHOTO]

Soldier Beheaded In London Cleaver Attack: Who Is Attacker Michael Adeboloja?

Soldier Beheaded In London: Body Left On Street; Machete Assailants Shot [GRAPHIC PHOTO, VIDEO & REPORT]

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