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Men tried to behead British soldier in 'humane' way, court hears

Published on Dec 5, 2013 11:29 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A man on trial for the gruesome murder of a British soldier tried to behead him because he thought it the most "humane" way to kill him, comparing it to halal butchery, a court heard on Thursday.

Michael Adebolajo, who has described himself as a "soldier of Allah", said he and his accomplice, Michael Adebowale, targeted 25-year-old Lee Rigby in May as he walked to his barracks in Woolwich, south London, because he was the first soldier they spotted.

The murder trial at London's Old Bailey court has heard that the pair ran Rigby over with a car and then attacked his unconscious body with knives, Adebolajo attempting to behead the soldier with a meat cleaver.

Adebolajo, 28, and Adebowale, 22, both Britons of Nigerian descent, deny murder.

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